Join over 400 senior professionals from across Europe to explore how innovation and technology can create better local social services for the future.

About the European Social Services Conference

The European Social Services Conference (ESSC) has long been pioneering the value of international knowledge sharing to transform people’s lives.  Organised for the first time in cooperation with the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, this 25th anniversary edition will explore how new innovative practices and technology can help create better local social services for the future.


  • "Attending the conference has given me the opportunities to network amongst delegates and be part of an event that sets agendas that are close to my heart".

    Rich Amos Service User & Trustee, Physical Inclusion Network Gloucestershire (PING), United Kingdom
  • “The conference is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge which in turn helps us to be innovative in our own services and in our daily practices.”

    Carlos Santos Guerrero Head of Services for the Coordination of Community Social Services, Autonomous Community of Galicia, Spain
  • “It’s been great listening to all the imaginative and innovative ways to improve services.”

    Rita Long Service User / Researcher, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
  • “The conference gives me many networking opportunities and new ideas to improve the social services in our municipality.”

    Kate Bogh Chair, Association of Directors of Social Services, Denmark
  • “On behalf of the Maltese government, I will be delighted to welcome you to the 25th European Social Services Conference in Valletta to help shape the future of social welfare services in Europe."

    Michael Farrugia Minister for Family and Social Solidarity, Malta


Some highlights from 2016

Why attend?

  • Learn from high-profile speakers about latest international social policy & practice trends
  • Share and exchange knowledge and experience in interactive practice workshops
  • Network with senior professionals who plan, finance, research, manage, regulate and deliver local public services
  • Be Inspired by new knowledge, perspectives and innovative ideas