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Social Service Workforce Week 2022

Making the Case for Investing in Strengthening the Social Service Workforce Across Sectors: 17-21 October 2022

Social Service Workforce Week headerEvery year, the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance hosts Social Service Workforce Week. The week serves as an opportunity for advocates to bring attention to and build support for the social service workforce as well as raise awareness about promising workforce strengthening efforts supported by stakeholders around the world. 

This year, Social Service Workforce Week will be held from 17 October through 21 October. The theme for the week is: Making the Case for Investing in Strengthening the Social Service Workforce Across Sectors. During the week, we will be hosting two virtual events, releasing two new publications and publishing a series of blog posts to:

  1. examine the diverse roles of social service workers when located across various sectors, such as health and education, and within humanitarian contexts;
  2. exchange learning on how the social service workforce can work most effectively when located in community settings across these different sectors, and
  3. recommend strategies and interventions for planning and resourcing the social service workforce required for this range of roles, including how to use our costing and ratios guidance to plan the most impactful deployment of social service workers.

To recieve the daily email campaigns throughout the week packed full of resources, blogs and worker profiles, be sure to register to become a free member


[WEBINAR] Social Service Workers in Health Facilities: Their role in addressing social and other determinants of health among children and families | Wednesday 19 October 8-9am ET

This webinar will examine how a well-developed and qualified social service workforce working in and linked to health facilities can help countries to tackle social and other determinants of health. Using findings from our latest technical paper, we will explore the different roles, functions and practice models for deploying the social service workforce in health facilities and the related influence on health outcomes and costs. Country-level speakers will join us to discuss promising practice models for effective deployment of social service workers in health facilities and the challenges and opportunities that come with them. 

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[WEBINAR] Developing Minimum Social Service Workforce Ratios and Costing the Social Service Workforce | Thursday 19 October 8-9am ET

In most countries, the number of social service workers is seriously inadequate to respond effectively to critical needs. There is, therefore, an urgent need to make the case for more robust and sustained investment in workforce planning and development. Making this case is often hampered by the absence of a minimum ratio of social service workers per population and the inability to determine the level of investment required to meet and sustain the ratio. The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance has recently collaborated with UNICEF to develop guidance for developing a minimum social service workforce ratio and on how to calculate the costs of achieving and adequately resourcing that minimum ratio. This webinar will explore the importance of making the investment case for the social service workforce and how the new guidance on ratios and costing can be used to build that case. 

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As a global network, we rely heavily on our members and the public to advance our advocacy efforts. Throughout the week, help us increase attention and support for the social service workforce by:

  • Posting content on social media: Share the pre-written content and graphic found below throughout your social media channels or post your own content using the hashtag#SSWWeek (be sure to tag @SSWAlliance).  You may also share/retweet a post from our FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter accounts. 
  • Sharing resources and blog content: Each day, we will post blog content and social service worker profiles on this page. Share the content across your networks.
  • Contributing additional content or resources: Submit additional resources or content related to the role of the social service workforce in emergency preparedness and response for inclusion in our resource database or as a future blog post.   
  • Encouraging colleagues to become members: The Alliance supports a growing network of more than 3,000 individual members affiliated with a range of organizations and institutions across 145 countries. Increasing and diversifying our membership allows us to continue to build a movement to strengthen and advocate for the social service workforce.
  • Donate to the Alliance: With a one-time or recurring monthly gift, you will help to support the work of the Alliance to gather new evidence and develop new tools, support information exchange across the network, and support advocacy efforts such as Social Service Workforce Week.


Share the pre-written content and graphic (feel free to add your organization's logo to the graphic) throughout your social media channels or post your own content using #SSWWeek. Be sure to tag @SSWAlliance so that we can retweet. You may also share/retweet a post from our FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

  • This #SSWWeek we join @SSWAlliance in recognizing the increasingly important & diverse role of the #socialserviceworkforce in various settings, such as schools, health facilities and in humanitarian contexts.
  • This week is #SSWWeek! We join @SSWAlliance in calling for greater investment in and support for the #socialserviceworkforce working across sectors.
  • #Socialservice workers are often known for their role in social welfare settings but they also protect & care for children & families in other settings, such as schools, health facilities & within humanitarian contexts. This #SSWWeek we join @SSWAlliance to recognize this role.


Social Service Workforce Week is made possible through the generous support of the American people through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, under Partnerships Plus cooperative agreement number 7200AA18CA00032, funded September 28, 2018, and implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. The contents are the responsibility of Global Social Service Workforce Alliance and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.