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World Social Work Day 2016

  • 15 Mar 2016

Societies thrive when the dignity and rights of all peoples are respected. This year's theme is Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples

 

Please get in touch with Clíona by emailing cpdofficer@iasw.ie if you would like support to organise a celebration in your area. 

Details of nationwide events can be found in the event section of www.iasw.ie and on our Facebook page. If tweeting about World Social Work Day, please use #makeadifference #WSWD2016

See below for information on some Dublin events. 

 

The Social Work Department in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services (OLH&CS) are holding a free event in the restaurant in OLH&CS from 12.30pm to 2.30pm to celebrate WSWD and to achieve greater recognition for the profession and role of Social Work.

We will be launching OLH&CS’s new Bereavement Pack and the report on the Evaluation of Bereavement Support Services and there will be tea/coffee, cakes, treats and prizes for whoever shows the best knowledge of social work in our quiz and for the Naming of the Picture competition for our newly renovated Children’s counselling room!

All are welcome to join us. 

 

The Medical Social Work Department, MMUH (Mater Hospital) would like to invite you to celebrate World Social Work day on Tuesday March 15th from 10am-2pm on Hospital St., Whitty Building.

Join us to find out more about medical social work, meet the team and enjoy some treats. We will also be raffling off some fantastic prizes including a hurl signed by the Dublin Hurling team. 
The Citizens information service will also be joining us on the day and will be available for any questions you may have.


Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday the 15th!

 

WSWD 2016 creates another opportunity for the profession to express international solidarity and to bring common messages to governments, regional bodies and to our communities. The theme for this, and the last, WSWD comes from the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development. Each of the five Global Agenda themes runs for two years and 2016 is the second year for Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples.

 

The 2016 poster and notes on WSWD 2016 can be downloaded from the right side of this page. 

 

The International Federation of Social Work (IFSW)

WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY (WSWD) 2016

15th March 2016

 

The theme is:  Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples

WSWD was initiated by the IFSW a number of years ago to mark the contribution of social work to societies across the globe on an annual basis.  This year, IFSW invites social workers all over the world to celebrate World Social Work Day on the 15th of March 2016 under the banner of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development’s theme “Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples”.  Social work is a profession framed by human rights that are based on principles and values that respect human dignity.  Social work, therefore, has a critical role in the promoting the dignity and worth of people and in striving for a people-focused approach to service delivery. 

Social work itself is under increasing pressure on a number of fronts.  Social workers across Europe feel disempowered and marginalised by the increasing managerialism, discriminatory legislation and policy developments at both national and European Union levels.  WSWD 2016 creates another opportunity for the profession to express international solidarity and to bring common messages to governments, regional bodies and to our communities.

The IFSW is a global organisation striving for social justice, human rights and social development through the promotion of social work, best practice models and the facilitation of international cooperation.  The IFSW supports its 116 country member organisations by providing a global voice for the profession.  IFSW has been granted Special Consultative Status by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  In addition, IFSW is working with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The IASW has been a member organisation of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) for 45 years. In that time, the IASW has provided a global president of IFSW (Augusta McCabe), an IFSW European Region President (Eilis Walsh), a European Region Committee Treasurer (Monica Egan) and an Election Officer (John Brennan).

Across Europe, austerity has been a flawed economic theory that has increased debt burden, unemployment, homelessness, inequality, social exclusion and has caused misery in the lives of many citizens. Social workers work every day with the negative realities imposed on people by austerity.  In Ireland, as elsewhere, we know that the impact of austerity has seen the most vulnerable suffer to the greatest extent.

WSWD gives us an opportunity to both celebrate the positive impact on society that social workers across Ireland have made and to inspire us to continue to fight the problems that negatively affect the dignity and worth of people.

 

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