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Upcoming Events Relevant to the Social Service Workforce


Below is a listing of conferences, events and webinars taking place around the world on topics relevant to the social service workforce. To add your conference to this list, please send us information by using this form

[CONFERENCE] Panorama of Social Work: Innovation and Inclusiveness In Development | 22- 24 February 2024, Chennai, India

The India Network of Professional Social Workers' Association (INPSWA), in association with the Department of Social Work at Loyola College, Chennai, India brings forth an International Conference titled 'India International Social Work Conference 2024' on the theme 'Panorama of Social Work: Innovations & Inclusiveness in Social Development' from 22nd to 24th February, 2024. 

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[WEBINAR] Reshaping the Future of Aging with Intergenerational Alliances | 27 February 2024, Virtual

Social isolation is of course not only about our aging population; many people at all ages experience loneliness, marginalization, and disconnection—and the dire physical and mental health consequences it brings. However, attitudes like pervasive ageism and structural obstacles like inadequate public transportation combine to make social isolation a particular challenge for older adults—especially given the insufficient supports that could mitigate the isolating risks. While supporting, connecting, and celebrating older adults is the work of people in all professions, to meet the Grand Challenges of our aging future, we need to bring more social workers to aging and equip more social workers in every part of practice to work effectively, creatively, and enthusiastically, with older adults and those who love them.

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[HYBRID CONFERENCE] The Joint Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development - SWSD 2024 | 4-7 April 2024, Panama City, Panama

The International Association of Schools of Social Work, the International Council on Social Welfare and the International Federation of Social Workers will be hosting the Joint Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development – SWSD 2024. The theme for the conference is "Respecting Diversity through Joint Social Action" and is expected to see more than 2000 participants worldwide, from April 4 to 7, 2024, in Panama City, Panama. 

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[VIRTUAL CONFERENCE] Social Work Distance Education 2024 Virtual Conference | 10-12 April 2024

The concerted efforts of social work researchers, educators, practitioners, and advocates allow for a more comprehensive approach to social problems. These efforts generate valuable insights into how social work empowers vulnerable populations through working collaboratively to create systemic change. The SWDE 2024 conference will focus on how social workers with expertise in these domains can use an online environment to collaboratively build bridges between research, teaching, practice, and policy, to promote anti-oppressive practice and services for individuals, families, and communities.

[CONFERENCE] European Conference for Social Work Research: Social Work Research and Discourse in the Age of Industry 4.0 | April 17-19, 2024 Vilnius, Lithuania
The European Conference for Social Work Research (ECSWR) is the biggest annual social work research event in Europe. The conference is the primary space for members of the European social work research community to gather and get to know each other, to share high quality research and expertise, and to build collaborative relationships and networks. The central theme of the conference is “Envisioning Future: Social Work Research and Discourse in the Age of Industry 4.0 ” and it will focus on social work research that looks more closely at how technological innovations and communication through technologies are changing and shaping social work interactions, relationships, interventions and practices.
[Conference] NASW National Conference: Social Work Leading Social Change | | June 19 – 22, 2024, Washington D.C., USA
Join more than 2,000 social workers, like-minded professionals, and social work thought leaders at the U.S. National Association of Social Workers' (NASW) 2024 National Conference. Take advantage of unparalleled opportunities in professional development, continuing education, and networking. Engage in thought-provoking conversations tackling the most pressing issues facing the social work profession across the world.

[CONFERENCE] 2024 Work and Family Researchers Network Conference | 20-24 June 2024, Montreal, Canada

The 2024 conference theme is Big Questions in Work-Family, which will be part of a two-year agenda. The conference’s objective is to chart an agenda for the future of work-family research, policy and practice. In addition to sharing new research and seeking answers to big questions, this will be a working conference, fostering active participation and connectivity among diverse groups. We anticipate more than 500 work-family stakeholders in attendance and a dynamic program centered on meaningful exchange.  There will be numerous events to connect a global community of scholars with thought leaders in media, philanthropy, practice, policy, and social change.

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[CONFERENCE] Navigating the Future of Social Services: The European Social Services Conference | 26-28 June 2024, Antwerp, Belgium

The European Social Services Conference (ESSC) is the annual flagship event of the European Social Network (ESN), the leading network for public social services in Europe. The ESSC 2024 will be the opportunity for decision-makers in public authorities, third sector organisations, social services professionals, providers of technology solutions, and researchers to share and exchange their knowledge and experiences with peers from across Europe and other regions of the world.

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ISPCAN CONGRESS: Working Together to Protect Children in Time of Crisis | 18-21 August, Uppsala, Sweden

The international congress provides keynotes, panels, breakouts, workshops, speaker Q&A sessions, wellness, social programs and an expo hall. Sessions will be led by leaders who are pioneering research and practices in various countries and complex situations across a wide range of sectors. The keynotes will feature industry luminaries as well as speakers from various sectors who will share the learnings from their initiatives. Typically over 65 countries delegates attend.  The goal is to give regional and global leaders the tools and practices they need to develop and deploy improvements to child protection and improve outcomes for children and families.

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International school social work conference: Empowering Global Futures | 9 September 2024, Essex, England

Recently, there has been renewed interest in school based social work. In 2022, the SWISIC (Social work in schools International Collaboration) was formed to bring together school social work perspectives from across the world. In 2024, they will host their first international conference in the UK. This event has been organised to attract researchers in this field but also practitioners and students with an interest or experience of social work practice within schools. In this first conference, the focus will be to exchange ideas and create a platform to come together and share our knowledge and experiences in this growing field of speciality in social work.

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