Building partnerships to improve lives was the theme of the European Social Network (ESN)'s 2015 annual conference, which took place in Lisbon on 6-8 July. With over 400 participants from 32 countries in Europe, Canada and Australia, the 23rd European Social Services Conference brought together social services directors, policy makers, practitioners, service users, academics and private sector representatives, who discussed how a wide variety of partnerships may bring best outcomes for users and society.

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