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It may seem like an average week, but Tuesday (March 15th) marked World Social Work Day (WSWD), so we've been celebrating the remarkable work of social workers and the many people whose lives they’ve transformed. 

You’ll notice our twitter feed referencing #WSWD16 as a nod to the annual event that provides social workers across the world the opportunity to “express international solidarity and bring common messages” to governments, regional bodies and communities.
We feel passionately about giving a voice to the profession, as our Managing Director James Rook says “It’s important that we celebrate – and highlight – the work of social workers, not just on World Social Work Day but throughout the year by recognising their work, dedication and commitment.”

Thankfully, we’re seeing the emergence of stronger public recognition of the invaluable work of those in the profession, and we’re proud to remain a part of this as headline sponsor of the Social Worker of Year Awards. Now entering its sixth year, the awards open for entries on Tuesday 29th March. In much the same way as WSWD, the awards have become a firm marker in the social work calendar. 

So what has been going on across the UK to celebrate WSWD? 

Associations, universities and local authorities, including many of those we recruit on behalf of, were celebrating WSWD. 

In England, Somerset County Council will celebrated with a ‘twitter-feed full of thanks’ with its twitter account (@somersetcouncil) taken over for the day to celebrate social workers who work with vulnerable adults and children across the county. Canterbury Christ Church University reflected on the work of a social worker who saved 2,500 Jewish children during WWII. Likewise, Nottingham Trent University marked the day by drumming along to rhythms from around the world linked to WSWD. 

The celebrations also coincide with the Department of Health’s National Mental Capacity Action Day, which aims to profile current best practice in Mental Capacity from around England and Wales.

In Wales, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Cymru and Cardiff University held a conference exploring the theme ‘societies thrive when the dignity and rights of all people are respected’. Meanwhile in Scotland, the School of Applied Social Studies at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen had four guest speakers exploring current issues and raising funds for Aberdeen’s Syrian Refugees. And in Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) WSWD celebrations saw Karyn Kennedy, President and CEO of Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre in Toronto, describe the multidisciplinary she uses to respond to reports of child abuse and sexual assault. 

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