• ESSA 2019 This first edition of the ESSA coincides with 20 YEARS of ESN as a network, building and exchanging knowledge in social services across Europe. As such, it will take place under a subject central to ESN’s work – Celebrating Quality in Care – also a key theme of the European Social Services Conference 2019 in Milan. The goal was to honour efforts to measure, manage and improve care quality over a variety of activities and target groups, from research to practice, from childcare to elderly care, and from carers to providers.
  • On 14-15 November in Lisbon, Portugal, over 130 people attended our Co-production Forum to share inspiring examples of how people who use social services can participate in shaping them. The event was hosted in collaboration with three ESN members in Portugal.
  • The European Social Services Awards are organised by the European Social Network (ESN) to recognise excellence in social services, shining a spotlight on successful approaches and the extraordinary ongoing work done by those managing, planning and delivering public social services across Europe.
  • The European Social Services Conference (ESSC) brings together all those with an interest in social welfare to exchange knowledge on contemporary social policy and practice. ESSC 2019 addressed the needs and issues faced by senior social welfare practitioners in their daily work through a series of innovative approaches and sessions.
  • Following a new momentum at EU level on active inclusive with the European Pillar of Social Rights and the Social Investment Package. ESN organised a seminar in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency of the EU and our Austrian member, the City of Vienna, focusing on how social services are supporting people furthest from the labor market to find and retain jobs empowerment and autonomy.
  • Social Services leaders from 39 countries gathered at the 26th European Social Services Conference in Seville to share their challenges and good practice, and learn from other countries. The theme of the event was the empowerment of Social Services and communities, making best use of investment in human capital and technology to do so.
  • At ESN's council meeting in early February 2018, we asked to our most engaged members about social investment and what it means to them and their countries and organisations. This was their response. This video was used for the open plenary at the 2018 European Social Services Conference.
  • ESN held a seminar on 'Migrant children and young people - Social inclusion and transition to adulthood' On the 23rd of October in Stockholm. In cooperation with Socialstryrelsen (The National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden), the seminar brought together directors of social services, service workers, researchers institutions/university and service users to talk about the role social services were playing in supporting migrant children and young people.
  • On the April the 20 - 21 April ESN hosted its Members Forum which allowed our members the opportunity to celebrate the network’s achievements during the past three years and identify key priorities for our future work. In this film we sat down with some of our members to discuss the future of social welfare and what challenges will arise.