Strengthening the Social Service Workforce: The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Celebrates its Launch

Jun 6, 2013

NASW is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance.

“The social service workforce is a critical workforce for creating protective environments for healthy development and well-being and tackling poverty, promoting social justice, ensuring protection from violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect and providing needed services to care for and support those who need it most,”  commented Ummuro Adano, MSH and a Steering Committee member of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance.

This important observation, along with many others provided from organizations and individuals committed to strengthening the social service workforce worldwide, set the stage for the electronic launch of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance during two webinars held on June 6 and June 7.

A well-planned, well-trained and well-supported social service workforce can effectively deliver services to improve the lives of vulnerable populations. However, a number of challenges confront this workforce and limit its ability to create protective environments for children and families who face poverty, discrimination, violence and exploitation in their daily lives.

In its mission, the Alliance recognizes key challenges facing this workforce and aims to promote the knowledge and evidence, resources and tools and political will and action needed to address them, especially within low to middle income countries.  During the launch webinar, the Alliance Coordinator described how to get involved in the work of the Alliance and introduced participants to the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance website, which will act as a platform for information sharing and advocacy.  Future Alliance members can register here to be able to contribute to knowledge on the social service workforce through the Alliance’s Resource Database and monthly e-updates, connect with others through the SSWS Webinar Series and interest groups, and join with others in advocacy efforts.

For those looking to be a part of the global movement to strengthen this key workforce, the Alliance and NASW welcomes you to become a member and work with others to help realize this vision.

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