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The entries, submitted in five categories, are shortlisted by a selected panel of experts and voted online. In line with ESN’s ethos of promoting peer relationships and a social service community, the ESN Excellence in Social Services Award will be voted live by all those gathered at the ceremony from the social service community across Europe.

All entries must fulfil the following general criteria:

  • Each project should be submitted for one category
  • Each organisation may submit up to three projects (please fill in an individual submission form for each project)
  • Entrants may self-nominate
  • Entries must prove that they fulfil the criteria for each relevant category (please see below)
  • Entrants agree that their photographs and details of their project may be used by ESN for promotional purposes

Excellence Award

Excellence Award

The headline award, the annual excellence award recognises a stand-out project or team working in the area of the annual theme: care quality in 2019. Applications from any field of care or sector are eligible, so long as they fulfil the criteria.

To be selected, this practice will show:

  • A new promising conceptualisation of care quality
  • Ways of measuring and monitoring the quality of care
  • How this approach made a difference in the quality of the service and the quality of life of those involved

 


 

Outstanding Team Award

Outstanding Team Award

Whilst the other awards are granted for specific practices, the outstanding team award is granted to a group of people who have made an outstanding contribution to social service practice. Nominations may be made for a contribution to an individual project or for a broader professional achievement over time. Nominees may be from any sector or organisation which itself provides social services.

Your submission form describes:

  • How a particular social services team made an outstanding contribution to a social service practice improving the quality of the service
  • How the approach that the team took contributed to the success of the programme/project and improvement of service’s quality

Research Project Award

Research Project Award

Excellence in social policy practice, research and teaching are mutually dependent, as reflected in the number of ESN Members who work in research organisations and Universities. The research project award recognises the contribution of a research project or team in improving quality of care.

Your submission form describes:

  • A research that has contributed to improve practice in the field of quality in care
  • The research impacts quality of the service and the lives of those using the service

 

Innovation Award

Innovation Award

Awards for social service innovation are open to applications demonstrating practices which show initiative in creating, implementing or promoting a new approach to social services.

Your submission form describes:

  • A new way of working/new approach/new solution that impacted the quality of care provided
  • How it was before the programme was introduced and it is after
  • Evidence supporting the success and benefit of the new approach/solution

 

Collaborative Practice Award

Collaborative Practice Award

As a social service network, ESN believes strongly in the importance and value of collaboration between organisations and sectors. The award recognises such collaborations and is jointly awarded to organisations or teams who have collaborated across agencies and sectors.

Your submission form describes:

  • How partners from different sectors (e.g. private, public, non-profit) or social, health, education, housing, economics have collaborated, either in form of an individual project or a more long-term collaborative arrangement
  • How this collaboration contributed to improvement in the service/practice

Methods & Tools Award

Methods & Tools Award

Tools, manuals and technology systems all play a key role in the successful support that social services provide for people using services across communities in Europe. This award recognises the contribution that tools make in helping decision-makers and professionals take decisions about the services they provide or how technology and IT can help deliver specific policies and services.

 

Your submission form describes:

  • A tool (whether a framework, manual or IT based) that supports professionals in the work they do or supports people using a certain service