The month of March is observed as Social Work month and the 20th March is set aside as World Social Work Day.
The theme "Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability" is running its second and final year as part of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development. This gives us an opportunity to showcase and spotlight our profession.
The 20th March is a day that social workers worldwide will celebrate the achievements of the profession and take the theme message into their communities, workplaces and government to raise awareness of the social work contribution and the need for further action.
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) Secretary General Rory Truell said; "Each year World Social Work Day expands. We see people that use social services and community members side by side with social workers highlighting important issues of Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development. The Global Agenda has bound social workers together globally as advocates of social justice and transformation that enhance social, human and Environmental rights."
Social workers are the fabric that keeps a society connected. We are resourceful, helpful, dependable, well organized, compassionate and considerate people. We empathize with people's situations. We are solution focus and work from a strengths based perspective. We meet the client where they are. We are active listeners and are good with reframing and redirecting.
Social workers can be found in hospitals. Schools and universities, community based agencies, government departments working with diverse people of all populations from babies to elderly. We are faced with and address a wide range of social ills including poverty, teenage pregnancy, juvenile justice, child abuse and protection, foster care, parole, probation etc.
Many say that Social Workers are called. They are chosen from a special bunch. Their gratification and compensation is in seeing the daily challenges in the community being conquered and this is many times even more satisfying than any financial benefit or recognition.
Today we pay special attention to Social Workers around the world and here locally on the TCI.
Stand up for justice;
Stand up for unity;
Stand up against your biggest fear.
The world will always have social issues and therefore our profession is irreplaceable and necessary. Cheers to all Socials Worker. Together we stand. Together we will achieve.