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Today is World Social Work Day

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News, Social Work on 16th March, 2021

Tuesday 16 March 2021 is World Social Work Day. Each year this celebration focuses on a ‘Global Social Work Agenda’ theme developed via the International Federation of Social Workers.

The theme for this year is Ubuntu: I am because we are

Ubuntu (Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼù]) is a Nguni Bantu term meaning "humanity". This over 2000-year-old philosophy, is found in every country of Africa south of the Sahara, using different cognate terms in the local Bantu language.

Ubuntu: ‘I am because we are’ is a concept and philosophy that aligns with the ethics of social work itself. It reinforces the importance of global solidarity and co-operation as a profession and as societies, particularly as we move through unprecedented and challenging times across the UK and across the world.

BASW are leading a national programme of events to celebrate the day. A well as exploring themes and priorities in each country of the UK, these events present a unique opportunity to come together as a profession - across borders and languages and cultures - to shine a light on what unites us as social workers across the UK and globally.

A full list of free events championing social work today and across the month of March, both in the UK and around the world are accessible through the BASW website.

Today we launched our own Mental Health Social Work Practice Handbook for staff. The practice handbook will outline key social work theories and models and propose a practice framework predicated upon a social model of disability, which recognises the individual as the expert in their own situation enabling true co-produced strengths based intervention.

The Handbook will support not only our Social Workers, but team managers and leaders across our organisation to better understand the professional value of the social work offer and support our Social Workers to assert their professional practice with confidence.

To promote the Social Work profession further, we are launching a Social Work Blog as a place for individuals to discuss/debate Social Work topics that directly influence practice and the profession, but also as a tool to profile Social Work and Social Workers who are employed across a wide variety of settings within our organisation, from community teams, inpatient settings, forensic services, our dedicated daytime AMHP provision and many more.