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Social Service Workforce Week

6th Annual Social Service Workforce Week 2019 - October 21-25

The 6th Annual Social Service Workforce Week will call attention to the many ways the social service workforce collaborates with other sectors for promotive, preventative and responsive services to improve health and well-being for all groups. Daily Blogs, worker profiles, related resources and new tools will be shared each day of the week. Daily topics include: 

  • Protecting Children in Emergencies
  • Support, Guidance and Reunification for Children on the Move
  • Improving Mental Health through Social Work in Hospital Settings
  • Addressing Violence and Stress through Multi-Disciplinary Teams in School Settings
  • Self-care in the Social Service Workforce

A webinar is also being planned on the topic of children on the move and role of the social service workforce with Children and Families Across Borders and Safe Passage. More details coming soon!

Save the dates and begin planning how you can share the daily materials with your colleagues and extended networks.

Social Service Workforce Week 2018

For the last five years, the Alliance has held “Social Service Workforce Week” (SSWWeek) as a means to bring more attention and support to the social service workforce and build awareness of various workforce strengthening activities happening throughout the world. Celebrated from September 24 - 28, SSWWeek helped to increase attention to the recently launched Call to Action, shared examples of how it is being implemented, and outlined steps individuals and groups can take toward achievement of the country and global level recommended actions outlined in this advocacy document. Blogs also highlighted some of the ways the organizations that have signed on to the Call to Action are supporting workforce strengthening efforts. Review the materials for ways to become further involved in advocating for this frontline workforce.

Webinar, September 27 - The recording, presentations and summary are now available from the webinar 'Ending Violence Against Children Requires a Strong Social Service Workforce,' hosted by the Alliance, UNICEF and the Global Partnership to End Violence

Social Service Workforce Week 2017

The 4th annual Social Service Workforce Week was celebrated from September 25 - 29. This year's theme highlighted why we need to advocate for a stronger workforce to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including the goals related to violence, migration and health. Daily themed blogs, worker profiles and related resources helped to increase attention and action for strengthening the social service workforce.

Social Service Workforce Week 2016

Social Service Workforce Week was held September 26 - 30. The year’s theme was “Building the Case for a Stronger Social Service Workforce.” Daily blogs will review the reasons a stronger workforce is needed to best care for vulnerable populations, and how this can be achieved. Read each day's blog below.

Social Service Workforce Week 2015

In 2015, Social Service Workforce Week was celebrated from September 21 - 25, 2015. The theme of the week focused on the role of community level workers. Read the daily blogs to learn more about this important aspect of work.

There were many excellent examples of how other organizations promoted the week and shared resources in 2015 about the para professional workforce.

Social Service Workforce Week 2014

The first Social Service Workforce week was held in April 2014 as a means to raise awareness for the Alliance and garner support from members, organizations and the public around the issue and importance of social service workforce strengthening. A blog and other resources were released each day during the week.

Read the blog posts from each day: