World Social Work Day 2017

BASW’s World Social Work Day celebrations

World Social Work Day 2018 (WSWD) is on the 20th of March. This year highlights ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’, which relates to the third pillar of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

WSWD is the key day in the year that social workers worldwide stand together to celebrate the achievements of the profession and take the theme message into their communities, workplaces and to their governments to raise awareness of the social work contributions and need for further action.

This year BASW will be celebrating WSWD with many exciting events and invites the social work community to join us.

Click here to download our WSWD poster.

Parliament events 20th March 2018 Church House, Dean’s Yard, Westminster

Recognition and celebration of the work of social workers is the order of the day. BASW CEO Ruth Allen will open the day and there will be a range of other speakers throughout including the High Commissioner of Antigua and Barbuda, BASW members, service users and MPs.

World Social Work Day - Celebrating International Social Work

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 9:00-13:00

World Social Work Day - Celebrating Social Work in the United Kingdom

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 13:00–17:00

BASW photo competition

BASW wants to demonstrate our profession’s range of talent with a photo competition. Members are invited to send us photographs they’ve taken in-keeping with this year’s theme of ‘Promoting Community & Environmental Sustainability’. Entries will be on display at BASW’s World Social Work Day Events on the 20th March 2018. Winners will be picked via ballot at this event and winning entries will have their photo printed in Professional Social Work.

Please submit your photos via e-mail to: Please include name and contact details Closing date: 10th March 2018

Social media

BASW is asking members to get involved on World Social Work Day 2018 by using Twitter and Facebook to celebrate social work. Please use the hashtags #WSWD2018 #UKsocialwork and country specific hashtags (#swmakesadifference in Northern Ireland for example), and please remember to tag us in your tweet @BASW_UK.

Local events

There will be plenty of locally organised events for members and non-members to be involved with. These currently include events in Coventry and Worcestershire among others, please check the BASW homepage for further updates and details.


NIASW World Social Work Day Celebration - Building Resilient Communities: The Social Work Role

Tuesday 20th March 2018.

Belfast Castle, Antrim Road, Belfast, Antrim, BT15 5GR

SWU - World Social Work Day assignment

Four grants of £500 are to be presented to winning social work students undertaking an undergraduate or post graduate social work degree.

The criteria: a 750-1000 word assignment with the following title: “How can social workers solve austerity?”

Click here for more information.