European Social Services Awards (ESSA)

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, its aims are 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.

This year will be the fourth edition of ESSA. Over the years, more than 250 applications have been made from 30 countries. The annual Awards Ceremonies have been attended by over 220 participants. In previous years, the ESSA has awarded projects in quality care, community care and resilience in social services.