We work with more than 140 member organisations in over 37 countries worldwide. Members of the network are public organisations comprising:

  • National associations of directors of social services
  • National, regional and local departments of social welfare (i.e. ministries, regions, provinces, counties and municipalities)
  • Universities or national schools specialising in social policy
  • Research institutes and other public organisations responsible for the improvement of social services
  • Public funding and regulatory agencies

Learn about current policy and practice trends

  • find news and updates on the latest policy developments and innovative practice through ESN’s bi-monthly Members’ communications
  • personal mailings on specific areas of expertise and interest through other Members’ communications

Network with other key decision-makers/stakeholders

  • participate in policy, practice and research activities: seminars and workshops, thematic working groups and peer reviews (costs covered)
  • participate in the annual European Social Services Conference (20% discount off delegate fees to ESN members)

Share good effective practice to promote quality services

  • contribute to ESN thematic working groups and policy papers
  • get involved in pan-European and other members' projects (European alliances, joint actions, peer reviews and other research projects)

Influence European and national policy responses

  • share local knowledge and understanding to develop practice-led and evidence-based policy statements and reports
  • contribute to EU events and consultations


To apply for membership please contact Ronan Mangan at ronan.mangan@esn-eu.org.

We have an international team. Feel free to contact us in your own language.