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This World Social Work Day (16 March) we’re celebrating the amazing work of our social workers in Portsmouth, the support they offer to families, young people, children and adults, and the vital role they continue to play throughout the pandemic.

What is World Social Work Day?

The history of World Social Work Day goes back to the early 1980s when social workers were invited to visit the UN headquarters in New York.

The first official World Social Work Day was marked in 2007, a global event to make ‘social services’ (as they were known then) more visible, and to defend social justice and human rights. The event was approved by members of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW). Find out about World Social Work Day on the official website and learn more about its history.

What is Portsmouth City Council doing to celebrate?

In celebration of the support social workers provide to families and adults across our city, a mural has been painted inside the Charles Dickens Centre, a venue used by lots of youth and community groups in Portsmouth.

Care leavers, social workers and people who use the centre gave their views about what they would like to see from the mural, and themes of ‘togetherness’ and ‘overcoming adversity’ came out strong.

Local artists, My Dog Sighs and Fark then worked together to paint the mural over the course of three days.

We have also been hearing from social workers about why they enjoy what they do and what social work has been like during the pandemic. Here are some of their stories:

How can I support World Social Work Day in Portsmouth?

Social workers should be celebrated every day – but we’ll be particularly celebrating our social workers on 16 March (World Social Work Day) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked In. Feel free to like, comment, share and show your support.

You can also:

  • share special messages or show your support for social workers you know
  • use the hashtag #WSWDPortsmouth, #WorldSocialWorkDay and #WSWD2021
  • download the World Social Work Day poster to show your support at home or in your workplace