International Association of Schools of Social Work

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The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) is the worldwide association of schools of social work, other tertiary level social work educational programs, and social work educators. The IASSW promotes the development of social work education throughout the world, develops standards to enhance quality of social work education, encourages international exchange, provides forums for sharing social work research and scholarship, and promotes human rights and social development through policy and advocacy activities.[1][2]

The IASSW was founded in 1928 at the First International Conference of Social Work, held in Paris. It initially comprised 51 schools, mostly in Europe, and was known as the International Committee. Revitalized after World War II, the organization expanded its membership to include a wider range of countries and was renamed the International Association of Schools of Social Work.[2]

Membership in the IASSW comprises social work educational programs at the post-secondary or tertiary level and interested individuals, mostly social work educators. The association has member schools in all parts of the world. Five 5 regional organizations in Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Europe; Latin America; and North America and the Caribbean are affiliated with the IASSW. IASSW is governed by the Board of Directors under a Constitution approved by the biennial General Assembly. IASSW holds consultative status with the United Nations and participates as an NGO in UN activities in Geneva, Vienna and New York. Through its work at the UN and with other international organizations, IASSW represents social work education at the international level.[2]

According to the current IASSW Constitution, the organization is governed by the Board of Directors, made up of both elected and appointed members. Starting from 1928 the IASSW had 12 Presidents.[citation needed]

A list of IASSW Presidents:[citation needed]

  • 1928/29-1946 Alice Salomon (Germany, than – USA)
  • 1946-1953 René Sand (Belgium)
  • 1954-1961 Jan Floris de Jongh (Netherlands)
  • 1961-1968 Eileena Younghusband (United Kingdom)
  • 1968-1976 Herman D. Stein (USA)
  • 1976-1980 Robin Huws Jones (United Kingdom)
  • 1980-1988 Heiner Schiller (Germany)
  • 1988-1996 Ralph Garber (Canada)
  • 1996-2004 Lena Dominelli (United Kingdom)
  • 2004-2008 Abye Tasse (Ethiopia)
  • 2008-2012 Angelina Yuen (Hong Kong)
  • 2012-2016 Vimla Nadkarni (India)
  • 2016-Present Annamaria Campanini (Italy)

highlights of activities in 90 years highlights of activities in 90 years Global Social Work Documents Global Definition Of Social Work was approved by the IASSW General Assembly and IFSW General Meeting in July 2014 :Global Definition Of Social Work Ethics In Social Work, Statement Of Principles- IASSW version of the Global Social Work Statement of Ethical Principles which was unanimously adopted at the General Assembly of IASSW on 5th July 2018 in Dublin, Ireland is available in various languages :Ethics In Social Work, Statement Of Principles Updated Global Standards For Social Work Education And Training: The New Chapter In Social Work Profession- The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) are announcing the launch of the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training.available

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  1. ^ Truell, Rory (7 July 2014). "What is social work?". The Guardian. Manchester, England. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Healy, Lynne M.; Link, Rosemary J. (2012). Handbook of International Social Work: Human Rights, Development, and the Global Profession. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195333616.

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