World Social Work Day (WSWD) has been celebrated around the globe since 1983. World Social Work Day aims not just to showcase the achievements of social work and increase its visibility, but also to highlight its synergies with social development, shared commitments to social justice, inclusive development and human rights.
There are a range of events taking place across the country to raise awareness and the profile of social work. Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council's Children’s Services team are holding a drop in on the day – Tuesday 21 March 2017 – at Denton Festival Hall (from 12noon until 2pm). It will be both a celebration of the great things the profession does to improve outcomes for children and families in our community as well as an opportunity to share ideas and areas of good practice. Some examples will be how we can improve the voice and experience of the child; looking at alternative communication methods and some quizzes and case studies to keep us on our toes!
Adult Services will be using the day to highlight the important role that social work and wider social care plays in the new integrated health and social care service. Work has already started on developing an integrated workforce identifying common vision and purpose and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council are looking to build a professional supervision framework for social workers across the borough. Their integration work is being closely monitored at a national level and to emphasise this they are excited to be welcoming the Government’s Chief Social Worker later in April who is keen to hear about how social work is being recognised in their plans.