IFSW Secretary-General, Dr Rory Truell

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Speech to the 2014 IFSW General Meeting Submitted by the Secretary General, Rory Truell:

Dear sisters and brothers of the IFSW family, again it is an honour to speak to the General Meeting. I would like to start with some brief comments about where social work is placed at the global level.

Social work is a growing profession. 10 years ago IFSW had approximately 63 country-members and now it has over 110. Much of this is due to the realisation of many governments that social protection systems are essential to running vibrant communities and a good economy. This is demonstrated by researchers at Oxford and Stanford Universities who show that for every $1 invested in social protections systems, there is a $3 return to the economy, but also that people live longer, with fewer health problems and in communities with reduced stress and crime. Read more…