Message of Iran association of social workers chairman for the world social work day

Human beings are members of a whole,

In creation of one essence and soul.

If one member is afflicted with pain,

Other members uneasy will remain.

If you’ve no sympathy for human pain,

The name of human you cannot retain![۱] (Saadi Shirazi[2])

Naming days or weeks in national or international levels in special occasions including professions is a convenient opportunity to appreciate that profession’s activists and also present some information about that profession and express their ideas and expectations.

One of these days is “international social work day” which is on 19th of March 2013.

One of the traits of today’s community is breadth and complexity of social issues and needs. In this situation, attention to enhancement of quality of life and developing indicators of social health is even more necessary.

The practical realization of these, need’s to focus on social foresight and continuous assessment by taking advantage of global up to date knowledge and logically engagement in related areas of academic and administrative fields.

In this regard, Social work, because of taking advantage from different sciences and having diversified, real, Expended and updated information, has a special place between different sciences in social and supportive sphere.

To enhance this position it is seems to be necessary to note to the following points:

–      Social work community to take advantage from global knowledge and experience.

–      Presence of social workers in social policy at the national and international levels.

–      Continuous production of knowledge in the field of social work

–      Notice to foresight and future research in the social sphere.

–      Facilitate access of people to professional social work services.

–      Community-based and community-oriented approach.

–      Regard to the different levels of prevention.

–      Continuous assessment of community health indicators.

–      Avoid political bias (politicization) in areas related to social work.

–      Questioning and accountability in the public domain.

–      Social responsibility of organizations toward the society.

–      Proper utilization of virtual capacity.

–      The humanities and social ethics.

–      Providing basis to enhance social vitality and social capital in the community.

–      Providing basis to NGOs and people’s participation in society.

–      Using community cultural capacity.

Iran association of social workers as a member of international federation of social workers congratulates the world social work day to the global community of social workers and tributes to every single of them and all the others whose concern is caring to humanity, altruism and development of social health indicators.

Seyed Hasan Mousavi Chalak

President of Iran association of social workers

[۱] This poem is Inscribed On United Nations Building Entrance

[۲] Persian poet of the medieval period