19 March 2013

World Social Work Day in the United Kingdom

There are many activities happening in the United Kingdom on World Social Work Day – 19 March 2013.

The British Association of Social Workers is hosting events in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The event is also being marked in social work agencies.

Several articles linked to WSWD 2013 have been published.  These will be updated over the coming days so come back to this page and make sure you keep up to date!

Bridget Robb, BASW interim Chief Executive, says that employers must start recognising the right of social workers to advocate on behalf of service users. They must not try to gag the messenger.  She highlights the IFSW policy on effective and ethical environment for social work practice.

A meeting at the UK Parliament in Westminster, London, organised jointly with the Joint Universities Council Social Work Education Committe and the Social Work Health Inequalities Network.  (Report to follow)

NIASW’s Celebration of World Social Work Day in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  The event included a presentation about an exchange programme between social work students from Northern Ireland and their counterparts in India which is creating a generation of practitioners with a much-needed international outlook.  Read the article here.

Cymru/Wales World Social Work Day Celebration – ‘Relationship Based Social Work – the dynamic for change’ in Cardiff, Wales

Social Services Expo & Conference 2013 to mark World Social Work Day at the home of Scottish rugby in Edinburgh, Scotland. To mark World Social Work Day key organisations delivering, and involved in, Scotland’s social services come together for the largest day event in Scotland. It will take place at the Social Services Expo and Conference on 19th March at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh to celebrate the progress and evolution of social work services and look forward to the future plans to meet people’s needs.

Visit the BASW World Social Work Day website for many links to activities and articles.

World Social Work Day: Blowing the Whistle Becomes a Silent Scream If Nobody Listens – BASW

‘If they are to promote equality, social workers must be allowed to speak out against injustice’ – BASW

Using World Social Work Day to press for more equal societies – Linda de Chenu