The voting for the European Social Services Awards is now open. The European Social Services Awards is 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.

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 is 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.The aims of the awards are:

  • To identify and promote best practice in social services
  • To recognise excellent work done in the field
  • To encourage peers to work with and support each other in improving their practice
  • To promote innovation in social services in Europe
  • To engage the social services community at the awards ceremony

The Award Ceremony will take place in Brussels in 6 December 2019. Speakers will include representatives from public and private sectors, European and national levels. Representatives of the organisations selected for the awards and all participants will enjoy the opportunity to network with each other and partners of the European Social Network (ESN) over a three-course lunch. Deadline to vote is Friday 29 November.

We encourage all interested actors to vote and participate, as the year draws to an end, it is important to take a moment to reflect and all the hard work accomplished and celebrate outstanding performances.



If you would like vote, please do so on ESS’ website.

If you would like to know more about our projects and work carried out this year, please visit our website.