• 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.
  • Filmed as part of our two-video series on 'Investing in Children's Services' across Europe. In this clip we interview a young person in the services of Brighton and Hove City Council in Brighton, UK about his experience of using services there. His name is Befkadu (Befe) Tekle and he has come to Brighton from Eritrea, East Africa. Befe is an unaccompanied child migrant and therefore is one of the estimated 90,000 children who have claimed asylum in Europe in 2015.
  • ESN traveled to Brussels in May 2016 to launch the publication from our 3-year long study 'Investing in Children's Services, Improving Outcomes' at the European Parliament. A key focus within this work was on unaccompanied minors and how to best care for them. This video, the first of a two part series, highlights the work being done across Europe to integrate and care for these children and to make them more visible in both children's and migration policy.