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Tue 17 Mar

World Social Work Day


World Social Work Day is on the 17th March 2020. It is the key day in the year that social workers worldwide stand together to advance our common message globally.

As the day falls on a national holiday in Ireland, the IASW will not be hosting an event on the 17th March. Please see the event page for details of the Cork celebrations taking place on the 24th March. The Boards of the IASW and of BASW NI will meet that week to explore how best to develop and strengthen relationships between the professional bodies and to promote social work across the border. 

If you are planning an event for World Social Work Day in your workplace and would like some IASW merchandise and information sheets, please email 

This year, the 2020 World Social Day highlights ‘Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships’. This is the fourth and final theme of the 2010 to 2020 Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships: This theme was established to build international focus on the interdependence of people and the need for change in policies and social service delivery. Commenting on the theme IFSW Secretary-General, Rory Truell said:

“The integrated themes of the Global Agenda give voice and action for a sustainable world. A world underpinned by equality, where everyone has the skills to contribute to their environments for benefit of all and the planet. This theme highlights that co-determining relationships between people, communities, nations are essential in addressing the social, economic and ecological challenges. Drawing on the core skills of bringing people together to balance needs in celebrated diversity, social work has a significant and essential contribution to make in every society. Our task and mission at the time is to advance this message in our communities, in our workplaces and with our governments and shape a sustainable future.”

The themes for the next decade are currently under consultation. You are welcome to participate and share with us your vision of the future Global Agenda 2020-2030. The consultation process will close at the SWSD 2020: IFSW International Conference of Social Work in Calgary, Canada. Join the event to share the future of Social Work!

To find out more click on the links to The Global Agenda and the history of World Social Work Day