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The 19th of March is World Social Work Day, and this year the theme is ‘Promoting Social and Economic Equalities’.

Official poster for World Social Work Day 2013.

Official poster for World Social Work Day 2013.

World Social Work Day is an annual opportunity to celebrate the contribution social work makes in societies, and to promote a social work perspective in political agendas around the world. Social work is an interdisciplinary field that includes theories from economics, education, sociology, medicine, philosophy, politics, anthropology, and psychology. It brings all these competencies together to address the quality of life and wellbeing of individuals and groups, particularly those that are vulnerable – the old, the young and the disabled.

By applying a holistic, interdisciplinary approach focusing on the humanitarian aspects of society, social workers certainly have a meaningful contribution to make to politics, to ensure that the wellbeing of the individual remains high on the agenda.

Today, lets take some time to recognise the valuable contribution made by the professionals working in Social Work Services, whether it involves empowering the elderly, protecting the young or supporting the disabled.

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