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Navigating the Future of Social Services

The European Social Services Conference
Europe's Largest Policy & Practice Forum

The European Social Services Conference (ESSC) is the annual flagship event of the European Social Network (ESN), the leading network for public social services in Europe. The ESSC is the largest public social welfare policy and practice forum in Europe, attended by almost 700 delegates in Malmö in 2023.

The ESSC 2024 will be the opportunity for decision-makers in public authorities, third sector organisations, social services professionals, providers of technology solutions, and researchers to share and exchange their knowledge and experiences with peers from across Europe and other regions of the world.

At the 32nd European Social Services Conference (ESSC 2024) we will discuss how we can co-create community-based social services, with a specific focus on three thematic strands: Co-Creating Cities Social Inclusion, Co-Creating Responses to Manage the Future Workforce, and Co-Creating Digital Solutions for Social Inclusion.

Multilingual Experience

 We are committed to inclusivity and accessibility. All conference sessions are available not only in English but also in French, German, Italian, and Spanish to ensure a diverse and global participation.

Register Now!

The 2024 European Social Services Conference will bring together leaders in social services to inspire ideas on co-creating the future of community-based social services. Register here to join the largest forum in Europe on social work policy and practice

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How to register

Join us to exchange insights and shape the future of community-based social services through local planning, delivery, and evaluation. 

 

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Join the Practice Fair

A dedicated conference session to enable registered organisations to present their projects and initiatives to all the conference delegates. Contact Francesco Capuani to find out how you can get involved. 

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Conference Bursary Programme

Are you a user of social services or have experience in the delivery of care or social services? Find out about support to participate through our conference bursary programme.

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Speakers

Meet the speakers for the ESSC2024! ESN is building an engaging programme with speakers on community development, supporting the social services workforce and the use of technology to promote social inclusion.


Contribute to the Conference Programme

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Conference Webinar Programme

ESN has joined with our conference industry partners to organise a series of webinars to discuss different ways in which technology and digitalisation are transforming social services. Find out more here.

You can still submit your proposal to present at ESSC 2024 until 27 November 2023 for proposals submitted in French, Spanish, German, Italian and 1 December 2023 for proposals submitted in English. Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your innovative projects and ideas to an international audience!

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Who can apply?

Are you working on social services co-creation in public authorities, universities, research centres, the industry or third sector organisations? 

If you answered yes, submit your proposal for the 2024 European Social Services Conference here.

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How to apply?

You can submit a maximum of 2 proposals per organisation for Case Study or Workshop, thematic panel discussion, project Forum and practice Fair.

Find out more about the types of sessions and the application process here.

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6 reasons to register

Discover here the top 6 reasons to register for the 2024 European Social Services Conference and be part of the transformative dialogue shaping the future of social welfare.

Become a partner

Find out how your organisation could become a conference partner, opening up numerous possibilities for brand visibility.

Highlights from ESSC 2023

View the gallery here

Discover the 2023 Programme here

Download the conference presentations here (for delegates only)

Key speakers

Senior Regional Advisor for Europe and Central Asia – Child Protection, UNICEF
Chief Executive Officer, European Social Network
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver
Expert Digital Health, Director Connected Society, RISE Research Institutes, Sweden
Senior Specialist, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

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BECOME A PARTNER

Find out how your organisation could become a conference partner, opening up numerous possibilities for brand visibility.
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BECOME AN EXHIBITOR

Find out how you could become a conference exhibitor, showcasing your products and solutions.

Register for updates

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Highlights from ESSC 2023

Public social services are facing a significant number of challenges in relation to increasing social demands and expectations. Digital and technology innovation are key in supporting public authorities to undertake large 

Highlights from ESSC 2023

Public social services are facing a significant number of challenges in relation to increasing social demands and expectations. Digital and technology innovation are key in supporting public authorities to undertake large 

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Conference Webinar Programme

ESN has joined with our Conference industry partners to organise a series of webinars to discuss different ways in which technology and digitalisation are transforming social services. Watch the previous discussions and register for upcoming webinars here.

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PODCAST

ESN joined Ana Millán Huerta, Head of Digital Transformation, Social Services Institute – Barcelona City Council and Geoff Mulgan, Professor at University College London to discuss the role of technology in advancing social services.  Listen the podcast  here.

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How to register

Register by 6 June to join us to discuss the latest innovations in social care policy and share your experiences in delivering support to vulnerable communities.

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CONFERENCE BURSARY PROGRAMME

Find out about support to participate through our conference bursary programme. 

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Join the Practice Fair

A dedicated conference session to enable registered organisations to present their projects and initiatives to all the conference delegates. Contact Francesco Capuani to find out how you can get involved.

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BECOME OUR PARTNER

Working on digitalisation and technology for social services? Supporting public authorities in their digitalisation journey? Have projects and/or solutions to improve the quality of social service delivery? If you answer Yes to any of these questions, we want to hear from you. Get in touch!

Supporting Decision-Making and System Transformation

Public social services are facing a significant number of challenges in relation to increasing social demands and expectations. Digital and technology innovation are key in supporting public authorities to undertake large transformation programmes leading to organisational change impacting administrations, professionals and people using social services.

Digital and Technology Innovation in Children and Young People’s Social Services

How has digitalisation impacted support for children and young people?  What are the main areas of focus for social services?

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Register for updates

Subscribe here to receive conference updates directly to your inbox.

Download the European Social Network Events App

The European Social Services Conference 2023 strives towards being a fully equitable, inclusive, sustainable and accessible event. The planning of every aspect of the conference is made in line with the guidelines for an equitable event, as laid out by the City of Malmö which also adhere to Sweden’s discrimination law which, among other things, imposes certain requirements for accessibility and specifies protection based on a number of recognized characteristics and forms of discrimination. The core principle of these guidelines is that every person is equal in dignity and rights, and therefore every person should have equal opportunities to reach their human potential. Key considerations have been made to ensure the sustainability of ESSC 2023. These include choosing a venue that is a LEED-certified building, minimising waste, in particular food waste, and promoting the use of public transport where possible.