The Executive Committee of IFSW and the Board of IASSW have agreed that the review of Global Definition of Social Work has been completed and a new proposed definition will be presented to members of both organisations at the General Meeting/Assembly in Melbourne July 2014.
The IFSW Executive Committee wishes to extend its thanks to the many member organisations and social workers from throughout the world who took part of this extensive review process. IFSW also expresses its appreciation to our sister organisation IASSW for co-facilitating the process and for always being ready to work to find solutions to what was a very complex task.We would also like to acknowledge the considerable work of the many volunteers and secretariat members who have carried out the day-to-day facilitation of the review on behalf of the Executive Committee.
We are delighted that the consultation process has led to a new proposed definition which we believe builds upon the current one and demonstrates the evolution of the profession.
The IFSW General Meeting will be on the 6th and 7th July 2014 in Melbourne for more information please click on this link.
Proposed Global Definition of Social Work
“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.
The above definition may be amplified at national and/or regional levels”.
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