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The European Social Services Conference is the largest annual forum for public social services professionals in Europe. Join us for our 30th anniversary year to discuss latest innovations in social care policy and practice and share your experiences of delivering support to vulnerable communities.



The European Social Services Conference will be held in full accordance with the regulations set out by German authorities for events.

The current rules stipulate that attendees:

· must be fully vaccinated (twice plus booster) or recently recovered (within last 3 months)

· must comply with local hygiene rules relating to wearing of masks and use of hand sanitisers

Please refer back to this section for future updates.


Covid-19 has transformed the way we deliver social services. Throughout the pandemic, frontline social services professionals implemented new and innovative, digital, agile, and remote ways of working so that care could continue to be provided for vulnerable children and families, people with disabilities, the homeless and young and older people.

How can social services professionals take advantage of the new EU budget and national resilience and recovery funds to invest and build on this transformation to modernise and reform social services?

Join public authorities, professionals, and care providers at the 30th European Social Services Conference in Hamburg between 8-10 June 2022 to discuss the innovations which have already taken place, and how we can use the new tools available to rethink the planning, implementation, and evaluation of community-based social services.

About the ESSC 2022 Theme
Rethinking Recovery
Reshaping Social Services with New Tools

For frontline social services professionals, Covid-19 has brought incredible disruption. At ESN we have been documenting the challenges that social services working with children and families, youth, people with disabilities, the homeless and older people have faced since March 2020, as well as how heroically they jumped into action to care for those in need.

However, Covid-19 has also led to several transformative changes which have been spoken about for years. Quoting Rahm Emanuel “never want a serious crisis to go to waste”, it became necessary to implement new and innovative, digital, agile, and remote ways of working; the crisis was the impetus to fast-forward turning these discussions into action.

The Covid-19 pandemic has further encouraged social services authorities to explore innovation with the third and private sectors as well as digitalisation and its benefits, whether back-end improvements, predictive analytics, demand forecasting and remote monitoring. Many public authorities are looking further at partnerships, the integration of health and social care, advance case management that provides for the opportunity to develop new and integrated services across sectors, amongst many other examples of innovation.

In the framework of our working groups on digitalisation and European funds, we have been discussing a series of proposals for reform to transform social services into modern and resilient services for a recovery that works for all and leaves no-one behind with ESN members working in social welfare services across Europe and beyond

The European Union’s financial budget for 2021-2027 and national funds for resilience and recovery are a fantastic opportunity to invest in the transformation of social services, through new methods of working and digital systems. With their focus on innovative transformation and on digital transition, this is a chance for social services to invest in their modernisation and reform.


The 2022 European Social Services Conference in Hamburg will bring together leaders in social services to inspire new ideas on the future of community care. Join us and make  your work and experience part of the discussions.