The 26th European Social Services Conference will take place for the first time in Seville on 28-30 May 2018 in association with the Government of Andalusia’s Ministry of Equalities and Social Policies.

Throughout the conference, a range of organisations from all sectors will be hosting interactive workshops showcasing the latest examples of innovative good practice in social welfare across Europe – and your organisation could be one of them.

Building on the key messages from the 2017 conference, the 26th European Social Services Conference (ESSC) will explore how we can improve services by investing in and empowering the people and communities which are at the heart of social welfare.

Last year’s conference showcased a growing appetite to introduce new innovation and welfare technology in service planning and delivery. It showed how the empowerment of service users and innovative approaches such as co-production are transforming the way services are provided across Europe. It also demonstrated how public services across Europe are active in incorporating and developing new technology to respond to increasing needs.

As we look forward, it is important to use these new initiatives to invest wisely in building a sustainable welfare ecosystem that empowers people and their communities in the longer term.

As such, next year’s conference will explore the following questions:

  • How can we use public budgets, tools and human capital more efficiently?
  • How do we best invest in the empowerment of service users in the longer term?
  • How do we best develop a professionally trained, agile and supported workforce equipped for future social needs?
  • And how do we work better in partnerships and across sectors to design services that promote economic and social investment?

The conference will inspire, empower and equip all those who share a commitment for a social Europe to invest smartly in our future – one that is people-centred, fully inclusive and sustainable.

We very much look forward to receiving your workshop proposals and to welcoming you to Seville next summer!

For more information, please visit our dedicated conference website:

For details on how to submit a workshop proposal, please read the following information:

For any queries regarding the conference, please email: