Celebrating innovation and excellence in social services

The annual European Social Services Awards (ESSA) recognises outstanding achievements in social services, shining a spotlight on successful new approaches and the extraordinary ongoing work done by public social services managers, funders, planners, providers, and deliverers of social services.

As the sole Awards for social services in Europe, ESSA aims to:

  • identify and promote best practices in social services
  • recognise excellent work done in the field across Europe
  • facilitate peers to work with and support each other in improving their practice.

In previous years the European Social Services Awards have highlighted projects in quality care, community care, resilience in social services and innovation for social change.