IFSW Europe Newsletter #April 2016

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Executive Committee meeting in Porto, Portugal, 29-30 January 2016

Executive Members met in person for their first executive meeting after the Delegates Meeting of September 2015 in Edinburgh. The executive went through the work programme 2015-2016 and the “Executive Members Work Portfolio”’, document which identifies the executive member who has lead responsibility for designated areas of the work programme. Moreover, the executive shared and discussed the actions done and work in progress, and agreed on action plans for the coming period.

History has been made with the participation of the President of the European Association of Schools of Social Work, Nino Zganec, at an executive meeting of IFSW Europe. Both organisations agreed to work together for this year's celebration of World Social Work Day and a joint video message was produced for the occasion.

Please watch the video message at the following link:

Cooperation with the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW)

Joint activities from IFSW Europe and EASSW already occurred with the event organized for the celebration of WSWD 2016 in Brussels and a joint statement was issued following the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, Istanbul and Ankara.

IFSW Europe and EASSW have also agreed to produce a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the 2 organisations and are working on this matter.


In Porto it was decided to organise a joint meeting once a year with the European Presidents of the 3 organisations: ESWRA (European Social Work Research Association), EASSW and IFSW Europe. The coordination of conferences in Europe is one of the items to be discussed at these meetings.

The first tripartite meeting will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, in the morning of the 13th of May, first day of the delegates meeting; afterwards Nino Zganec (EASSW) and Silvia Fargion (ESWRA) will participate as invited guests at the IFSW European delegates meeting 2016.

Celebrating World Social Work Day in Brussels, Belgium - 14th March 2016 - “Working in Partnership to Promote the Rights, Dignity and Worth of Refugees in Europe”

The International Federation of Social Workers – European Region (IFSW Europe) along with the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW) and Union Professionnelle Francophone des Assistants Sociaux (UFAS), IFSW’s Belgian member, celebrated World Social Work Day 2016 at the European Economic and Social Committee (Comité Économique et Social Européen) in Brussels, Belgium on March 14th.

Over a hundred social workers and students of social work attended the event that focused on social work and the refugee crisis in Europe.

Ian Johnston, IFSW Europe Representative to the European Social Platform and Liliane Cocozza, President of UFAS chaired the sessions’ event, welcomed participants, explained the purpose and history of WSWD events and stressed the importance of the theme.


The speakers stressed that the European Union is violating human rights and the rights of the Child by their inability to find a sustainable solution for Europe to receive and protect refugees and migrants. José Antonio Moreno Diaz, human rights lawyer at EESC, highlighted that this situation is about human beings, not "volumes" or "numbers". 
Jana Hainsworth, Secretary General of Eurochild and President of the European Social Platform criticized and questioned that people helping refugees are considered criminals. Josefine Johansson from the IFSW European Executive committee described the role that social workers have in promoting Dignity and Worth of refugees and migrants from the reception of refugees on the shores of the Mediterranean to the asylum countries in the North of Europe. Anna Metteri from EASSW argued that the need for a critical perspective is more needed than ever and gave examples of how schools of social work in Europe have organised voluntary work with refugees. The event ended with discussions and comments from the audience.

A transcript of the proceedings in French and English will be available shortly.   

Photos from the Brussels’ event on World Social Work Day – 14th March 2016 - are available on the following link:

Executive Committee meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland
18-20 March 2016 and IFSW European Conference 2017

IFSW Europe Executive had a meeting in Iceland from 18th to 20th of March 2016 where amongst several other issues the organisation of the IFSW European Conference 2017 was discussed. The conference will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland the 28th to 30th of May 2017 and the theme is Marginalization and Social Work in a Changing Society.

Members from the Icelandic Association of Social Workers and from the Conference’s Steering and Programme Committees discussed the preparation and the call for abstracts that was sent to all member associations of IFSW Europe on the 1st of April.

IFSW Europe Executive members visited Harpa, the Conference Venue that was opened in 2011 and is a first class conference centre that has received numerous awards and prizes for outstanding facilities.

At the end of the meeting IFSW Europe‘s President, Cristina Martins and the President of the Icelandic Association of Social Workers (IASW), María Rúnarsdóttir, signed an agreement for the IFSW European Conference 2017 in Iceland.

Please visit the conference website where you can find all relevant information and please like IFSW European Conference 2017 Facebook page.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Iceland in May 2017!

Delegates Meeting 2016

The IFSW Europe e.V. Delegates Meeting 2016 will take place at the Palace Hotel Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia from 13th – 15th May. The papers distributed for the meeting can be accessed at the following link:

Looking forward to meet delegates in Zagreb for our annual meeting!

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