International Social Work Day - the third Thursday in March

 The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW
The Social Work Day was created by the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and is designed to promote various social issues, strive for social justice, human rights and social development through the promotion of social work, building and using models, best practices and helping to promote international cooperation.
Social work is a profession that deals with social problems and assistance in dealing with them for families, individuals and communities. The purpose of social work is to improve the personal and social functioning of the individual, the family and the community through care, rehabilitation, counseling and guidance.
Social work is based on social values ​​according to which a strong society should help the weak. Social workers represent, mediate and care for people who need help to strengthen them and help them deal with their difficulties.
The methods in which social work operates are clients from various academic fields such as psychology, sociology, public policy and more.
The history of social work
Social work was created in the wake of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century.
The revolution created a new technological world that required the acquisition of education and new skills to integrate into it. On the one hand, the standard of living has improved thanks to technology, but on the other hand, the cost of living has risen and caused poverty to expand.
Poverty has severely affected society. The extended families who lived together disintegrated into nuclear families (mother, father and children). People moved from the villages to the cities where they suffered from a sense of loneliness and alienation, due to the loss of support of the extended family.
Society became alienated and the traditional family order was violated.
The weak populations were the first to be harmed. Women of the lower working class had to go out to work hard and also take care of the household and take care of their children at the same time. The children had to go out to work to help support the family.
The elderly who were left in villages without their families and communities suffered from loneliness and helplessness.
Other vulnerable populations that lost support were people with mental retardation, mental disorders and the disabled.
This situation has created a necessary need for frameworks that will take care of the weak and help them. The role was initially taken on by the religious frameworks that cared for charity.
Gradually, voluntary organizations were formed that consisted of middle-class women who helped the weaker sections.
By the end of the 19th century it was already clear that small organizations would not suffice and an orderly profession on behalf of the state was needed. In 1898 the first school of social work was established which turned the volunteers into wage workers on behalf of the state.

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