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International Federation of
Social Workers (IFSW)

The International Federation of Social Workers is the worldwide body for professional social work. It comprises over 140 professional social work associations and representing over 3 million social workers. IFSW has formal consultative status with the United Nations and other global bodies.


Social Work Today, as the official media partner for the IFSW, sharing news, interviews, research and resources plus relevant events with our audience of professional social workers across the world. 


The purpose of IFSW is to contribute to achieving a socially just world through professional social work. IFSW and its partners set and review the definition of social work, the professional standards of social work, and the policies that promote good practice outcomes.


IFSW operates in five regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America. Dr Rory Truell is the current IFSW Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer. 

IFSW is co-facilitating ´Co-Building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind´, The People's Summit (29 June - 2 July 2022). Working with a range of partners across the globe, this will bring together community representatives, politicians, unions, civil rights movements, climate justice leaders to build a conversation on what local and global values, policies and practices are needed as we emerge from the pandemic. Social Work Today is the Media Partner of The Summit.

To find out more, watch an interview with Rory Truell, Co-Facilitator of the People's Summit:


Each year IFSW coordinates World Social Work Day, which will take place on March 21, 2023. Find out more about events in 2022 here:

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