Social Work News World Social Work Day Event 2021

Each year social workers across the world stand together to mark World Social Work Day and focus on a Global Social Work Agenda. This year was no exception with the theme being Ubuntu: I am because we are, a concept and philosophy that aligns with the ethics of social work itself.

‘Ubuntu is a powerful message on the need for solidarity at all levels: within communities, societies and globally. It is a message that all people are interconnected and that our future is dependent on recognizing all peoples involvement in co-building a sustainable, fair and socially just future.’ (International¬†Federation of Social Workers)

On 16th March 2021 we were delighted to host a virtual event bringing together over 200 social workers and students across the teaching partnership.  In addition to the global theme the event focused on wellbeing and resilience.  It was a great success with initial feedback showing it was a really interesting and thought provoking event.

The full news story and video will follow but in the meantime please find below the powerpoint presentations, resources and links mentioned on the day.

Speaker Presentations

Kate Collier, Selfcare Psychology Presentation on Practice Educator Wellbeing

Dr Tom Considine, Senior Lecturer Social Work, University of Huddersfield Presentation on Social Resilience

Professor Martin Webber, University of YorkPresentation on ‘Ubuntu: I am because we are’

Resources and Links

The following resources and links were mentioned or are related to presentations on the day:

Self Care Acts for Front Line Workers

Self Care Resource Hub

Martin Webbers Blog

Video Interviews on How Practice Has Changed as a Result of Covid-19

Professional Quality of Life Scale

Dr Karen Treisman, Safe Hands Thinking Minds