October 12, 2021 | 14:30 – 16:00 (CET Time)
Language: English 

Topic: Working Conditions for Social Workers

Contributors: David N Jones and Jermaine Ravalier 

IFSW wants to have evidence about the working environments of social workers from an international perspective. 

There is a lack of systematic global evidence documenting the wellbeing of social workers and the impact of their working environments on their ability to help others. 

A number of country-based studies have shown that social workers have some of the most difficult work environments of any profession. 

IFSW is leading a partnership with Bath Spa University and others to undertake a global study to examine and compare working conditions for social workers around the world. 

A pilot study was completed in 2020 and we will be asking all social workers to complete another on-line survey later in 2021 (available in several languages). 

The report will be published at the Global Summit in 2022.  The survey is planned to take place every two years, building up a unique picture of the working conditions of social workers on every continent. 

The symposium, led by David N Jones and Jermaine Ravalier (Bath Spa University), will present the questionnaire and explore the issues raised in dialogue with participants.  Please come prepared to share your national experience and bring information about and references to national workforce studies that are relevant.