International Social Work Practice
International Federation of Social Workers
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) recognizes that social work originates variously from humanitarian, religious and democratic ideals and philosophies; and that it has universal application to meet human needs arising from personal-societal interactions, and to develop human potential. Professional social workers are dedicated to service for the welfare and self-fulfillment of human beings; to the development and disciplined use of scientific knowledge regarding human behaviour and society; to the development of resources to meet individual, group, national and international needs and aspirations; to the enhancement and improvement of the quality of life of people; and to the achievement of social justice.
International Association of the Schools of Social Work
The International Association of Schools of Social Work, IASSW, is the worldwide association of schools of social work, other tertiary level social work educational programmes, 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. IASSW holds consultative status with the United Nations and participates as an NGO in U.N. activities in Geneva, Vienna and New York. Through its work at the U.N. and with other international organizations, IASSW represents social work education at the international level.
International Council on Social Welfare
The International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), founded in Paris in 1928, is a nongovernmental organization which now represents national and local organizations in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Their membership also includes a number of major international organizations. ICSW member organizations collectively represent tens of
thousands of community organizations which work directly at the grass-roots with people in poverty, hardship or distress. Almost all of them are independent organizations working in their own communities rather than branches of organizations based in other countries. Many have been established by people who are themselves experiencing hardship. Within their own communities, ICSW’s network of organizations provides help for a wide range of people who are poor, ill, disabled, unemployed, frail or oppressed. They help young people, older people, families, indigenous peoples, migrants, refugees and others who are experiencing special hardship or vulnerability.
Social Work & Society
Social Work and Society is dedicated to critical analysis of the relationship between social work, social policy, the state and economic forces. It provides a forum in which conventional views can be challenged, theories about the status and mission of social work in society can be developed and ways for social work to act politically and responsibly can be identified. The journal aims to engage in truly international debate by including discussants from countries all over the world. In doing so, it is committed to constructing discursive relationships between research, theory, education and practice. It aims at widening the scholarly discourse to critical, user-accessible debates on current developments concerning the broad field of social work and society in all parts of the world.
International Social Service
The International Social Service (ISS) is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to helping individuals and families with personal or social problems resulting from migration and international movement. ISS's national branches, affiliated bureau and correspondents in over 100 countries facilitate communication between social services to resolve these problems.