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PRESS RELEASE - Social Workers Speak Out on World Social Work Day 2016

  • 15 Mar 2016

On this day March 15th, as schools around the country celebrate Proclamation Day, the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) invites social workers throughout Ireland and the world to mark World Social Work Day 2016 (WSWD2016) and celebrate the contribution of social work to individuals, families, groups and communities across the globe.

This year, we celebrate World Social Work Day under the banner of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development’s theme “Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples”.  100 years ago, in Ireland, our forefathers promised a nation that guaranteed "religious and civil liberties, equal rights and opportunities to all its citizens". Today social work is a profession framed by human rights and based on principles and values that respect the innate dignity of all people .  Social work, therefore, has a critical role in the promoting the equal rights and worth of people, and social workers themselves strive to improve the lives of those they have the privilege of working with.

In Ireland, the IASW is celebrating World Social Work Day 2016 in a variety of ways, showing the depth and breadth of social work practice. Social workers meet people who are facing challenging times in their lives. Whether it's someone who is coping with loss, coming to terms with a life-changing diagnosis, struggling to care for their children or have been a victim of abuse, social workers try to support that person in their journey. Events around the country, including in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Sligo and Waterford are covering topics such as social work and bereavement, hospital-based social work, social work with migrant communities, social work with refugees and asylum seekers and social work with older persons.

Dónal OMalley, Chairperson of the IASW stated "These events showcase the commitment of social workers to issues of social justice and human rights and hopefully serve to inform the public about the difference that social workers can make in people's lives. World Social Work Day 2016 gives us an opportunity to both celebrate the positive impact on society that social workers across Ireland have made and also to inspire us to continue to fight the problems that negatively affect the dignity and worth of people."

For a full list of events see:

The IASW is the national organisation for professional social workers in the Republic of Ireland. The IASW is an active member of the IFSW which represents social work associations from over 55 different countries and 350,000 social workers globally.

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For media enquiries contact: Dónal O'Malley (IASW Chairperson) on 086-8372511



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