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.

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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.

Each day brings an exciting programme of plenary sessions, round, table discussions, project forums and opportunities for networking


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

Check the latest regulations below on the German government website


ESN is offering people with experience of care/social services the opportunity to take part in the 30th European Social Services Conference between 8-10 June in Hamburg.

Be part of the action and share your story in Hamburg, networking with leading professionals in the social services sector.

The bursary programme covers the reimbursement of travel costs to Hamburg (up to 300 euro per candidate), accommodation (2 nights per candidate) and the delegate fee only. It does not cover any care costs or extra travel/transfer costs.

Places are limited and will be selected on the strength and merits of each application.

Candidates should have “lived experience’ as a user of social care or social services in areas of design, delivery or evaluation of social services or social care.

To apply complete the expression of interest form and return it to conference@esn-eu.org by 20 May.

The bursary programme is financed by the European Social Network and the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).


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.

Participate in our Innovation Zone

Are you changing social services through the provision of IT and digital products and solutions for social services?

Have you created tools for needs assessment, care planning, safe-guarding or supporting professionals’ mobility?

Are you working with public authorities to design and implement new tools, services and platforms for social services management?

If you answer YES to any of these questions, we want to hear from you.

Get in touch with our team!



The conference registration fee includes the following:

  • All plenary and workshop sessions
  • 2 lunches during conference (8 and 9 June)
  • All coffee breaks
  • Official reception at Town Hall (8 June)
  • Gala Dinner (9 June) – limited seating available ( seating will be honoured on a first come, first served basis)

Not included:

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Travel to venue