Level 3

Global Social Work Definition

The following definition was approved by the International Federation of Social Work (IFSW) General Meeting and the International Association of School of Social Work (IASSW) General Assembly in July 2014:

“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work.  Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing. The above definition may be amplified at national and/or regional levels.”

For further Information on:

Core Mandates

Additional Information
Go to:  www.ifsw.org

Note: the IASSW.org is now linked to (Illinois Association School Social Workers) last checked 16th May 2020