Please respond International Definition of Social Work

We would also encourage you to contribute individually to the debates below.

The deadlines for contributed to the debates below is 30th April 2011. Please ignore any earlier stated deadlines in the documentation; they are now superseded.

1. The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) have been developing a ‘Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development’ since 2010. The final version is due to be submitted to international organisations – UN, African Union, European Union, Mercosur, ASEAN etc – on 20 March 2012.

We encourage you to visit the following site, read the content and comment on the proposals:

Please read these with a critical eye and comment. For instance, the inclusion of ‘Terrorism and modes of response by states and the modalities of handling global conflicts’, under Dignity and worth of the person, is something you may wish to comment upon.

Please use the comments box at the bottom of the web page to add your thoughts.

2. The international definition of social work, last agreed in 2001, is reviewed every ten years. It is under debate again now.

This definition has been an asset in promoting and defending radical social work. Therefore, is it extremely important that this definition is strengthened, not weakened.

You can access the English version of the questionnaire produced to comment on the international definition of social work here:

Please send the completed forms back to Jan Agten ( or Nicolai Paulsen (

Other information is here:

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