There are many ways to engage with the Alliance and members from around the globe throughout the year. The Alliance hosts many events as well as shares information on events taking place globally of interest to the social service workforce.
The 7th annual Social Service Workforce Week will be celebrated October 26 - 30. The 2020 theme highlights the many essential roles of the social service workforce in the lives of individuals, families and communities. The week will include daily blogs, worker profiles, new resources and a webinar. It will also include release of a new guidance manual on supervision of the social service workforce, developed by the Alliance's Interest Group on Supervision.
Social Service Workforce Week in October 2019 called attention to the many ways the social service workforce collaborates with other sectors for promotive, preventative and responsive services that improve health and well-being. The 5th annual Social Service Workforce Week in September 2018 highlighted the new Call to Action: Strengthening the Social Service Workforce to Better Protect Children and Achieve the SDGs. Daily blogs highlighted country case studies of national actions underway and provided specific steps individuals and organizations can take. Resources, tools, worker profiles and other materials were shared throughout the week. Many members and stakeholder groups joined in the advocacy effort throughout the week to increase supportive actions for strengthening of the workforce. Review the materials from prior years.
The Alliance maintains an online calendar of events of upcoming conferences relevant to the social service workforce. Members are invited to submit upcoming conference information through the online form for inclusion on this calendar.
Every year, World Social Work Day is celebrated the third Tuesday of March, and events are organized throughout the month of March. World Social Work Day is an opportunity for social workers and others in the social service sector to celebrate their achievements as well as to raise awareness and support for the important role that social workers play in the lives of vulnerable families and communities. The day calls attention to the need for further planning, development and support to the profession and social service sector. Read about some of the events held in 2019 and prior years, and download resources and promotional materials that have been developed by national associations.
The 6th Annual Symposium was held in May 2019, with more than 300 people participating. View the recording, download presentations and read the summary report. The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance hosts an Annual Symposium to bring attention to the need for planning, developing and supporting the social service workforce. Data and strengthening efforts are highlighted through panel presentations from experts in the field during this event. Prior years' Symposium materials are also available to view and download.