Decisions by social workers are important tasks in generating positive outcomes in social work

Dear Colleagues,

The Nordic association for Social Work Research (Forsa) and the Nordic Association of Schools of Social Work (Nousa) wish to invite participants from outside the Nordic Region the to jointly organised conference

7th – 9th of November 2016
“Decisions by social workers are important tasks in generating positive outcomes in social work. This conference focuses on decisions and outcomes and is especially interested in how they are related and contributes to change. Changes in the lives of people with social problems, in the organizations who are responsible for social work and in the legislation as framework for doing social work in current societies. Especially how social workers gain the right competences and get access to possibilities to promote the adequate decisions”.

The conference takes place at Institute of Social Work, Metropolitan University College, Copenhagen, Denmark.

You will find the program and key note speakers in the attached flyer. Please visit the website for further information and registration.

Please register before September first.

Read more about it HERE.

Social Work International Conference (SWIC)

Dear Colleagues,
The Social Work Department of the University of Bucharest is pleased to invite submissions for presentations at the Social Work International Conference (SWIC) 2016 to be held in Bucharest on November 3-4. Deadline for abstract submission is 1 August 2016.

Confirmed keynote speakers are prof. Lena Dominelli and prof. Annamaria Campanini.
Details about the conference are to be found here: Social Work International Conference (SWIC)


Social Work in Eastern Europe

New article by prof. Darja Zaviršek is available online.

Historical, economic, and social differences as well as common experiences of state socialism in Eastern Europe made social work a profession with many commonalities and differences across the region. With some exceptions, university-based social work education began after 1991. Modern social policies and social work practices have developed during the time of transition from communism to a free market, which produced economic hardship, ethnic wars, racism against ethnic minorities silenced under communism reemerging, increased social inequalities, large-scale migration, and a new understanding of individual needs and people’s everyday desires, all reflected in social work practice.


2nd International Scientific Conference UNIVERSALISM OF HUMAN WORK: CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROSPECTS 2nd – 3rd June 2016

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are pleased to invite you to attend to the 2nd International Scientific Conference UNIVERSALIZM OF HUMAN WORK.The subjects at the conference will oscillate around the professional career development perspectives determined by a dynamically changing socio-economic reality. The scope of problems of the conference is important as it concerns key issues connected to a human being struggling with challenges of the contemporary job market. The choice of such a scope of problems is implied by the need of initiating a discourse on possibilities, chances, needs and skills together with a necessity of attempting to outline paths of professional careers.

The objectives of the conference will include, but are not limited to:
 Discussing the issues concerning building, planning and realising a professional career at various stages.
 Defining the role of professional career management in planning professional development.
 Presenting the characteristics of stimulation processes at the job market.
 Defining the meaning of leadership and human resources management in the perspective of both: the employee’s and the institutions’ and organisations’ development.
 Turning attention to the problems connected to the realisation of his/her professional career, such as: mobbing, discrimination on the job market, stress and professional burnout.
 Turning attention to the ethical and philosophical dimension of human work.
 Working out a concept of professional development in the context of the changing job market.

Taking into consideration the above mentioned clues, we would like to address the invitation to participate in the conference to scholars and practitioners, including university teachers, professional career advisors, self-government environments, non-governmental institutions, employers, employees and both Church and politics representatives.

Suggested thematic blocks:
1. Multi-facetted character of human work.
2. Ethical and philosophical dimension of human work.
3. Aspects of work within the scope of educational policy and in school education.
4. Subjects of work.
5. Education, vocational education and learning from the perspective of professional career planning.
6. Professional career development prospects for pedagogues and teachers.
7. Professional career development prospects for social workers.
8. Ways and turns of professional careers of Polish young generation.
9. Supporting the unemployed in the context of the job market.
10. Activity and position of seniors on the labour market and the professional career opportunities for seniors.

We cordially invite you to participate in our Scientific Conference. Your presence will grace the planned scientific meeting, and Your active participation will enrich the essential value of the conference. We hope that the implications of the presented research will be recognized and reflected in the programs of social policy.

The website, where you may find the detailed program and current information, HERE was open for the needs of the conference.

2th June 2016
Krakow City Council Session Hall
Wielopolski Palace

3/4 Wszystkich Świętych Pl.
3th June 2016 Institute of Social Work of Pedagogical University of Krakow
os. Stalowe 17.


Social Work Review Special Issue: Research in Social Work

Social Work Review

Special Issue: Research in Social Work

Call for Papers Manuscript submission: May 1st, 2016

Social Work Review [Revista de Asistență Socială, ISSN 1583‐0608] is a scholarly peer‐reviewed international journal published by the University of Bucharest in partnership with Polirom Publishing House. It aims to serve as means of dissemination of social work theory, research, policies and practices. Social Work Review publishes original and innovative articles on social welfare and human services, social development and social justice, as well as on social worker’s involvement in the traditional neighbouring fields of education, criminal justice and healthcare.
Issue no. 3/2016 is dedicated to research in social work. The issue aims at combining theoretical perspectives of social work research with practice and policy level studies. Articles in the field of social work and social sciences are welcomed, such as case studies of researches or theoretical methodological debates responding to one or more of the following questions:
• In an era of continuous austerity how can social research be carried out?
• What are the challenges in undertaking research in the social work field and what are the benefits of its results?
• Are social work researches able to respond to the needs of practitioners or decision‐makers and what are the challenges of this attempt?
• What new research methodologies are employed to enlighten new areas of practice, or to bring into the public debate neglected or invisible social realities?
• How are researchers, practitioners, and decision‐makers collaborating in the research process and what are the benefits of the partnership?

All articles published in the Social Work Review are indexed by ProQuest, EBSCO, Social Work Abstracts, CEEOL, Index Copernicus, SCIPIO, GESIS and IBSS. Authors receive an electronic version of their article.

We accept articles that are between 4,000 and 6,000 words (without references), as well as book‐ reviews of up to 1,000 words. References will comply with APA style. An article template can be downloaded from the journal’s webpage, section Instructions for Authors.

Submissions for this special issue can be made directly to the Editors – Dr. Anamaria Szabo, Lecturer at De Montfort University, UK ( or Dr. Florin Lazăr, Professor at the University of Bucharest, Romania ( Deadline for manuscript submissions is May 1st, 2016. Estimated publishing date of the special issue is September 1st 2016.

Looking forward for your articles!

First Congress on Social Work Professionalization and Social Entrepreneurship in Post-Socialist Countries in Chisinau on June 1 - June 4, 2016

Dear Colleague,

We would like to invite you to participate in the First Congress on Social Work Professionalization and Social Entrepreneurship in Post-Socialist Countries in Chisinau on June 1 - June 4, 2016.

We are inviting social work delegates from post-socialist countries to attend the Congress and present papers on the state of the social work profession in their respective countries.

Attached please see the full text call and preliminary program of the Congress.

We encourage two-three-member group presentations.
Project Casa Mare will provide delegates with accommodations in Moldova.
If you are unable to attend, please try to identify another social work delegate from your country.

Kindly confirm your or your substitute's attendance before April 22.

IASSW Message on World Social Work Day March 15, 2016: Responding to the Refugee Crisis, Role of Social Work

IASSW Message on World Social Work Day March 15, 2016: Responding to the Refugee Crisis, Role of Social Work The refugee crisis is not new and in fact people displaced by disasters including wars, conflicts and political instability have required social work interventions since the beginnings of the social work profession. Due to the increases in disasters affecting both developed and developing countries, disaster social work has become an important area in social work education, practice and research. Similarly professional social workers are developing strategies to respond appropriately in conflictual contexts. In recent times, the wars in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and terror activities in Pakistan, have resulted in an influx of refugees who are not always welcomed in different countries, both in Europe and Asia. Crises continue in south Asia, as refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan seek safe places to raise their families and practice their right of religion. The crisis of refugees in central and eastern Africa endures. The more recent and dynamic refugee crises in the Middle East and Mediterranean has attracted the attention of the world as Europe is once again affected by people seeking safe haven to protect themselves and their families.

Professional social workers through their social work associations, educational institutions and various voluntary organisations have been working with governments, UN agencies and other stakeholders to deal with the growing crisis. On World Social Work Day 2016, in New York, Vienna, Geneva and Brussels, International Federation of Social Workers is partnering with International Association of Schools of Social Work and other regional associations to debate on this issue and come up with a global strategy and pledge their commitment to deal with this crisis.

IASSW believes that learnings from practice should be integrated in social work curricula across the globe so that the new social work workforce is oriented with adequate knowledge, skills and attitudes for working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in different contexts. Social workers will need to strengthen and work in partnership with all other agencies and professional groups to ensure that grassroots voices reach the governments and ensure the right to life and well-being for the most vulnerable and distressed people around the world.

Live-stream link to the Vienna Symposium ‘Social Work Response to the Refugee Crisis’, 15th March 2016:

IASSW also supports the IFSW Statement: Responding to the Refugee Crisis.It is also available on IASSW website:

Video message of Vimla Nadkarni, IASSW President, on the ‪#WSWD2016

World Social Work Day presentation by Julie Fish available HERE

Invitation to the INDOSOW Summer School 2016
in Jyväskylä, Finland 30th May–3rd June

We would like to invite you to Indosow Summer School which will take place on 30th May–3rd June (day of arrival 29th May and day of departure 4th June) 2016 at Kiponniemi Activity Center in Jyväskylä, Finland. The summer school is a continuation of International doctoral studies in social work (INDOSOW) cooperation. Since 2015, the enrolment into the INDOSOW doctoral programme is not possible, but the cooperation with continues with annual summer school event. First of these summer schools was held in June 2015 Cambridge.

The intensive programme consists of plenary lectures, thematic workshops and peer group discussions. This year the key issue of the summer school is working with students' own research papers. Language of the school is English. The programme is coordinated by the University of Jyväskylä, Social work Unit, with partners from University of Ljubljana, Faculty of social work (Slovenia), Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences ASH (Germany), Anglia Ruskin University (UK), University of Milano- Bicocca (Italy) and St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences (Austria)

The 5-day intensive programme is particularly designed for doctoral students of social work but also for other postgraduate students from the field of social sciences and humanities and who have a special interest in comparative social work and social policy research on a higher academic level.

Welcome – it´s the perfect chance to learn more, make new friends and experience the beauty of Finland in the late spring time!

The fee per person is 400 €, that includes summer school programme, accommodation in Kiponniemi (2-4 persons per room) and all the meals in Kiponniemi (evening snack on the day of arrival and breakfast on the day of departure). If single room is preferred, the cost is 480 €. The participants will have to cover also the cost of travelling to Jyväskylä and back.

If you are interested please contact your coordinator at the Indosow partner universities by February 28th.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further questions: (programme and all the other practical issues) (programme, scientific issues)


Contact person:
Dr. Vjollca Krasniqi

University of Prishtina
Faculty of Philosophy
Department of Social Work
Mother Teresa st.
10 000 Prishtina
Republic of Kosovo

Dear collagues around the world!

It was only in 2012 that the first study programme on Social Work at BA level was introduced at the public University of Prishtina, Faculty of Philosophy. The need for books for social work students is immense. We would greatly appreciate your book donations to the Social Work Library in the Making Project. The book shelves at the Library of the Faculty of Philosophy as depicted in the photo bellow is the very first step in the building of the Social Work Library in Prishtina, Kosovo. Generous support of every individual and school contributing to the Library is greatly appreciated and it will be recognized as donors and supporters of the Social Work Department, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Prishtina and it will be made public to the wider academic community in Kosovo and internationally. The mailing address is indicated above and for the e-books please sends to

Thank you very much in advance for your kind support. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

With best wishes,
Dr. Vjollca Krasniqi


Dear EASSW members,

This year we celebrate the World Social Work Day on March 15th under the title Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples. The celebration provides a chance for the social work schools including educators and students to present our roles and concerns for the very complex social environment that we share and that we deal with. Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants who are entering different European countries have been the focus of our attention during the last months along with the painfully familiar challenges in the daily lives of poor, elderly, disabled and other people who also call upon our efforts. The issues connected with human rights violence and protection are before us and there is a great need to raise the voices of social workers to influence communities and societes to be sensitive and human when working with them.

EASSW invites you to celebrate World Social Work Day in your school and in your community with the aim of promoting the best standards in human rights and social work values. The EASSW along with the IFSW European Region will organize, on the occasion of WSWD, a central European event in Brussels on March 14th. This event will be also devoted to the issues of refugees and migrants in Europe.

The EASSW adopted a logo this year for WSWD that was made by Joost Welling who is a student of social work from Utrecht, Netherlands. Here is the explanation of the colours he used: blue symbolizes; logic, reason, fact and science; orange symbolizes; liveliness (focused on being and with vision of the future), alertness (a critical attitude and awareness), health and warmth (healthy society and cooperation); the background consists of three shades of blue, symbolize: the influence on international, regional and local politics, this results in each other to a white color (infinity); the half moon (orange in color) is symbolic of the individual, all Moons together, the group that in a dynamic way moves forward (the rotation to the right).

Have a successful and productive WSWD celebration and we kindly ask you to let us know about your plans and about the results of your activities, events and achievements.

Nino Zganec
President of the EASSW

Civil Society Forum Regional Meeting 2016

Civil Society Forum
Regional Meeting 2016: Bucharest, Romania
In preparation for the 54th Commission for Social Development
12 January 2016, 14:00-17:00, Hyperion University
In preparation for the United Nations Commission for Social Development, Civil Society will be meeting in Bucharest, Romania to discuss issues related to social development that are of particular concern in Romania and the wider region.

More information about the event HERE

Child rights in European law: new practical guide from the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the Council of Europe

On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), launch a handbook on European law relating to rights of the child. Access the Handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child >>

“The promotion and protection of rights of the child is one of the EU’s objectives. However, legal practitioners are not always familiar with European law and jurisprudence in this area,” says FRA interim Director Constantinos Manolopoulos. “We are glad to offer this useful guide to assist practitioners better protect children so they can effectively enjoy their rights.”

Council of Europe Director General for Democracy Snežana Samardžić-Marković says: “Legislation and policy promoting the rights of the child would have little impact without them being directly implemented through national and international jurisprudence. Professionals working with and for children need to have a full overview and, most importantly, understanding of the case law developed by the international and regional courts in this area. This handbook will be a precious tool to making children’s rights a reality in their daily lives.”

The Handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child is the first comprehensive guide to European law in the area of child rights, taking into account both the case law of the ECtHR and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). It provides information on: the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and relevant Regulations and Directives; the European Social Charter (ESC); decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights; other Council of Europe instruments; as well as on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and other international instruments.

This handbook is designed to assist lawyers, judges, prosecutors, social workers, non-governmental organisations and other bodies confronted with legal issues relating to rights of the child. The publication covers issues such as equality, personal identity, family life, alternative care and adoption, migration and asylum, child protection against violence and exploitation, as well as children’s rights within criminal justice and alternative proceedings.

The handbook is available in English and French. Other language versions will follow in 2016.


New article on 'Social Work in Eastern Europe'

A new article titled: SOCIAL WORK IN EASTERN EUROPE by prof. Darja Zaviršek can be accesed HERE.

Historical, economic, and social differences as well as common experiences of state socialism in Eastern Europe made social work a profession with many commonalities and differences across the region. With some exceptions, university-based social work education began after 1991. Modern social policies and social work practices have developed during the time of transition from communism to a free market, which produced economic hardship, ethnic wars, racism against ethnic minorities silenced under communism reemerging, increased social inequalities, large-scale migration, and a new understanding of individual needs and people’s everyday desires, all reflected in social work practice.

Book on social work in 10 countries.

Recently an interesting publication edited by Alessandro Sicora and Elisabetta Kolar on social work in 10 countries (incl.Romania) was released and can be found here:


“Generations, Intergenerational Relations and Generational Policy”

The members of the International Network for the Analysis of Intergenerational Relations (Generationes) proudly present the most recent issue of the jointly produced compendium “Generations, Intergenerational Relations and Generational Policy”.

This new version includes seven languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish (New) and Portuguese (New)). Its layout is designed for using it to translate the specific concepts and terminology of research into generations and intergenerational relations from one language into another.

The online version can be found here:

A limited number of printed copies is available on demand.

Kurt Lüscher ( - Andreas Hoff ( - Erich Widmer ( - Gil Viry ( - Mariano Sanchez ( - Giovanni Lamura ( - Andrzej Klimczuk ( - Paulo Sales (


Dear colleagues,



Dr. darja Zaviršek


Dear colleagues,

For you information and possible participation in meeting focused on social protection in Tbilisi, October 30. The program is still open. You can download the program HERE.


Asst. Prof. Dr. Miloslav Hettes

BOOK: Łukasz Tomczyk, Andrzej Klimczuk, Aging in the Social Space

A publication called Aging in the Social Space is a compilation of studies, which deal with theoretical understanding and empirical solutions, learning about problem spheres, specifying content parallels of social, legal, economic, moral and ethical views on senior issues in society, which are closely related to each other and are interconnected. This publication focus on the case study of Poland. It is supposed to provide a multidimensional view of old age issues and issues related to aging and care for old people in society. We believe that it is natural also to name individual spheres, in which society has some eff ect, either direct or indirect, within issues concerning seniors. Learning about these spheres is the primary prerequisite for successful use of social help to seniors in society.
"The work elaborates a very important topic of our time, this is of an aging population, which many countries with their established social, political, legislative, health and other systems are not prepared for. The authors compared the global data on the aging of the population with information relating to the aging of the population in Poland." Doc. dr Bojana Filej, the Alma Mater Europaea – European Center, Maribor, Slovenia "The publication, in my humble opinion, can be dedicated primarily to researchers of social gerontology topics, primarily students from the humanities and social sciences. Given the systematic increase in the number of people from abroad studying in Poland (including the Erasmus program) this book can also be used as teaching material to courses on subjects such as: geragogics, social gerontology, social pedagogy and sociology ." Prof. dr hab. Jan Maciejewski, the University of Wrocław, Poland
Łukasz Tomczyk (Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland), received the degree of doctor of philosophy (PhDr.) on the Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic. The andragogist and media educator. He is a member of the Polish Information Processing Society, the Academic Andragogic Society and the Association of Social Gerontologists. The author of over 60 scientific articles published in Poland and abroad. Co-editor of several collective works in the field of social gerontology, including the founder of the series “Czech-Polish-Slovak studies in andragogy and social gerontology”. Member of several research projects, including international projects. The reviewer of textbooks in the Ministry of National Education in Poland. His research interests revolve around issues of permanent education (especially the education of people in late adulthood). Andrzej Klimczuk, the sociologist, graduated from the Faculty of History and Sociology at the University of Bialystok, Poland. The Ph.D. student at the Collegium of Socio-Economics at Warsaw School of Economics, Poland. The author of many scientific papers in the field of gerontology, ludology, and social policy (for example, “Kapitał społeczny ludzi starych na przykładzie mieszkańców miasta Białystok” [Social Capital of Old People on the Example of Bialystok Residents], Wiedza i Edukacja, Lublin 2012; “Experts and Cultural Narcissism. Relations in the Early 21th Century,” LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken 2012).

Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016

Report of the 5th ECSWR, Ljubljana, Slovenia 22-24. April 2015


The 5th ESWRA conference titled “Re-visioning social work with individuals, collectives and communities: social work research« was organized by the local committee of the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Work and co-chaired by Guy Enosh and myself. The conference took place in a post-socialist country that is at the same time a country of the European Union periphery, but has a history of social work education that is quite remarkable (see the 2015 Conference Book of Abstracts and welcome speeches: ). The conference took place in the heart of Ljubljana, today one of the more attractive tourist destinations in Europe. The event brought together a large forum of people doing academic research in the discipline of social work across the European continent and beyond, showing a diverse knowledge on social work research and methodology. We received 677 abstracts authored by one or more persons, and the International Review Panel accepted 468 among them to be presented orally or as poster presentations. The locations of the four pre-conference symposiums and lectures were spread around the city of Ljubljana prior to the opening of the conference. A majority of presenters came from Western countries of the EU, 391 persons in total. 65 presenters came from one of the post-socialist countries and 78 from outside Europe. It was a delight to meet a wonderful assemblage of researchers in social work from no less than 42 countries of the world. The key note speakers, professors Michal Krummer Nevo, Guy Standing, Mojca Urek, Sabine Hering, and Paul Stubbs settled the tone and the focus of the conference. Their full speeches are available online: The conference organizers have received numerous praises for the organization of the conference and the event itself was a satisfying and inspiring academic happening for all of the participants.

Prof. Darja Zaviršek, Chair of the conference committee

Executive summary about activities of the Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union (AZSWU)

The Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union (AZSWU) is an association of professional social workers in Azerbaijan. It was founded in 2009 by Azerbaijanis who got their social work degrees in prominent social work schools in the U.S. It became a member of the International Federation of Social Workers in 2012 which is the biggest and oldest organization of social work in the world.

AZSWU represents Azerbaijan at this federation among 110 countries from all over the world. AZSWU has Board, Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Chair and Executive Director and all of these structures participated in active governance of the organization. All of them are elected every two years. Members of Board and Board of Directors have extensive in rigorous social research, teaching, social policy analyses and evaluation and worked closely with scholars from the best social work and social policy schools in the world such as Washington University in St. Louis, Columbia University, Durham University, Chicago University and Stockholm University.

In addition, the Union has 300 members with social work degree. Currently it has four areas of work such as Social Work Education, Social Work with Children, Youth and Families, Research-Evaluation and Continuing Professional Development. It runs one Family Training and Counseling Center in Khazar rayon.

AZSWU has collaboration and closely works with the National Parliament, relevant ministries, committees, government agencies, national and international organizations in social work related projects. It also collaborates with universities in Azerbaijan which have social work degree programs to increase quality of social work in the country such the Baku State University, Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan Tourism Institute and Ganca State University. The past projects include upgrading the curriculum of social work programs, increasing capacity of teachers who teach social work and support university administration to establish social work education according to the global social work standards.

In 2011 the AZSWU leaders actively participated in designing the Law on Social Services including national qualification standards, national qualification criteria for social workers and social assistants. The legislation was adopted by the National Parliament in 2011 and ratified by the President of Azerbaijan Republic in 2012. By this act the social work profession was legalized in Azerbaijan.

In 2013 AZSWU held an international conference jointly with Turkish Association of Social Workers with participation of 11 countries in Antalya, Turkey and the most of the conference panels devoted to development of social work education in the region.

On December 18, 2014 the Union held the conference “Importance of Cooperation between the State, Universities and NGOs in the Development of Social Work Education and Profession” with participation of government officials, NGOs and Universities representatives. Moreover, currently the Union has started implementation of “Improvement of the Current Educational Standards for the Adaptation of Social Work Education to the International Standards” Project funded by the Ministry of Education.

In addition the Union parcitipates in the European Commission regional call for proposals of the project “Shaping sustainable social change in Eastern Neighbourhood Countries by strengthening Social Workers and their Associations”.

Address: II corpus of Azerbaijan Tourism Institute, III floor, suit 208,
17 Jafar Khandan str, Baku, Azerbaijan, Tel: +99450-209-4978;,,,



A Preliminary Call-Out for Eurasian Contexts Fellowship Programme

To all Eurasian academics and practitioners working in areas of gender studies and women's empowerment!

The International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, is preparing to launch an exciting Fellowship Programme entitled the

'Global Dialogues & Women’s Empowerment in Eurasian Contexts Fellowship Programme'

Applicants will have a short time-period only during which to prepare and submit an extensive application for a September deadline. To assist applicants, we are publicizing this PRELIMINARY call-out for widest possible distribution.

Send an email to if you would like to be contacted directly when the formal announcement is posted in early September.

Please find a short version of our Programme Guidelines attached to this email, or download it here: Global Dialogues PRELIM Guidelines. (


We, the participant at the conference of the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW) gathered in Milan have listened to the research that has identified the appalling conditions under which the Greek people live. This is unacceptable in a continent that contains among the most wealthy individuals and corporations in the world. As social work educators we urge the heads of the States of the European Union to show solidarity with the Greek people on the part of the peoples of Europe to prevent a humanitarian crisis from occuring in one of the richest part of the world. This situation is likely to occurs in other countries being subjected to austerity programmes throughout the world and we urge the European heads of States to show solidarity with them also.

Milan, Italy, July 2nd 2015.

CALL: 6th European Conference for Social Work Research 30 March - 1 April 2016

Lisbon, Portugal

Reflective social work practices in contemporary societies:
dialogues and new pathways between praxis and research

July 13th 2015 | Call for papers opening
October 9th 2015 | Call for papers closing
November 30th 2015 | Acceptance notification
October 19 th 2015 | Early bird registration opening
January 15th 2016 | Early bird registration closing
February 29 th 2016 | Registration deadline
March, 30th – April | 1st 2016 – Conference
Submission deadline: 11.59pm (Lisbon time), October 9th 2015




From left to right: dr. Mojca urek, rector prof. dr. Ivan Svetlik, prof. dr. Darja Zaviršek, dr. Jelka Zorn, prof. dr. Michal Krumer Nevo

More photos: HERE.


The international 'Social Work & Society' Academy (TiSSA) provides a forum for involving professionals and academics in innovative discussion on theory and practice at the cutting edge of the social professions. Its overall aim is to identify how the needs of a wide range of societies experiencing transition can be met through the generation of new knowledge, concepts and models. The organizers of TiSSA assume, that socio-economical developments indicate categorically that social work has to deal with its relation to the respective societies in a critical way, in order to build out a clear professional profile for the future, for a renewal of perspectives and to improve its agency. Any site of economic, political and social transition poses a challenge to social professions to reflect on new approaches to social work.

In doing so, The international 'Social Work & Society' Academy focuses on
• promoting a comparative approach to the analysis of social work and society
• enhancing the development of knowledge, skills and experience
• shaping organizational changes and new governance processes
• analyzing quality criteria and reflecting on best practice
• encouraging the international dissemination and exchange of information on significant developments

You are kindly invited to the 13th annual TISSA Plenum
August 24-26, 2015

August 21-23, 2015
in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

More information HERE.


Dear Colleagues!

On behalf of the organizers of the International Scientific Conference “Prevention of Elder Abuse”, we invite you to submit a chapter contribution for an edited book on the theme of the prevention of elder abuse. Chapter contributions submitted for publication do not require a processing fee, and if selected, will be published free of cost. This edited work is part of a project entitled, "Unheard Voices: Developing the East Central European Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse" supported by the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW). Chapters may be submitted on any topic related, but not limited to, the following areas of research: theoretical and practical action frameworks for diagnosis; intervention and prevention of elderly abuse; solutions for problems of elderly abuse that can be to formulate best practices and policies will be identified, explored and discussed. This exchange of information relating to the prevention of elderly abuse contributes to an increased knowledge base among readers, promoting the importance of the prevention of elderly abuse within society. Chapters no longer than 20 000 characters (including footnotes) should be submitted by August 31, 2015, to the editorial co-ordinator, Katarzyna Jagielska, at All chapters will be subject to a double-blind peer-reviewed process, after which authors will be notified by email whether their chapters have been accepted for publication.

For text preparation details, please visit:

Thank you for your contributions.

Best regards
Katarzyna Jagielska, Editorial Co-ordinator


You can access this volume at our website: HERE and in PDF format at HERE.


ECSWR - European Conference for Social Work Research

Dear colegues,
European Conference for Social Work Research is almost here!

Find more information online and our Facebook.

NEWS: International Academic Conference on E-METHODOLOGY

Dear colegues,
below please find an invitation to the conference on E-methodology in Poland.


Dear colegues,
below please find an invitation to the conference of old age and aging in Poland. However, it was published in Polish language only... However, I hope that it will be useful.

Best regards,
Andrzej Klimczuk

NEWS: New issue of Social Dialogue featuring prof. Darja Zaviršek as guest editor

Social Dialoge - a free magazine ofthe international association of schools of social work has featured a special issue focusing on disability edited by guest editor prof. Darja Zaviršek. You can download the issue for free HERE.

NEWS: International Conference - Professionalism reconsidered: changes and challenges in welfare states
May 21–22, 2015 NRU HSE

National Research University – Higher School of Economics The Faculty of Social Sciences The Journal of Social Policy Studies International Conference Professionalism reconsidered: changes and challenges in welfare states May 21–22, 2015 NRU HSE The Conference aims to discuss topical issues of professionalism in the context of transformation of social policy reforms and is dedicated to the memory of HSE Professor, the co-founder and the first Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Policy Studies, Pavel V. Romanov (1964–2014). Pavel Romanov made a significant contribution to the development of the sociology of modern professions, organizations and the welfare state, as well as the methodology of qualitative research. The proposed conference continues the traditions of social anthropological studies of professions and social policy that were laid down by Romanov in the course of his work. The conference will help to intensify the international academic debate on issues related to professionalism in the context of ongoing changes in social policy, both at a global and local level. As such, the conference aims to promote the development of the sociology of professions, work and employment in Russia with reference to the latest trends in the world of social science.

Examples of topics to be addressed at the conference is not limited by the following list:

Professionalism and the welfare state in the context of contemporary sociological theory: a revision of analytical perspectives
Professionalism and the welfare state in the context of contemporary sociological theory: a revision of analytical perspectives
Key elements of professionalism in the modern era: professions caught between the state, the market and civil society
The "precarisation" of professional work in the social sphere
"Inclusive" professionalism. Social inequality and occupational culture in the formalization of care
The "Mediatization" of welfare occupations
Professional culture in the context of reform in the welfare state
Professions within the organizational context of social policy: managerialism and the new autonomy
Occupations in the education system and the education of professionals: the potential and limitations of the reforms
Glocalization of professionalism: inside and outside of welfare states

Organizing Committee: Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova, Roman Abramov, Radik Sadykov, Daria Prysiazhnyuk, Larisa Shpakovskaya, Alexander Kondakov

Applications for the conference must be submitted by 10.01.2015 as an email attachment to a letter addressed to <>

Applications should take the following form:
Surname Name Patronymic (if applicable) Affiliation and position E-mail Title of presentation
A 500-word abstract (summary) of the presentation should have the following approximate structure: the main subject of study or research question; theoretical and methodological approaches; the methods used to collect and analyze data, the characteristics of sample and research procedure, findings, conclusions and a list of key sources used. Links to sources in the text should correspond to the guidelines for authors available at
After consideration of the applications, the Organizational Committee of the conference will select the best entries, whose authors will be encouraged to submit full papers of 3000–4000 words by the 20.04.2014.

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Journal of Social Policy Studies: The Pavel Romanov Prize

In memory of the vital intellectual contribution of the well-known Russian sociologist Pavel V. Romanov, the Journal of Social Policy Studies is initiating the Pavel Romanov Prize, an International Competition of research papers.

The authors are invited to send their unpublished manuscripts, which develop the theoretical and methodological ideas of Pavel Romanov and / or related fields of research. Pavel Romanov (1964-2014), was a Russian sociologist and social anthropologist, professor of the National Research University – Higher School of Economics. He was also the co-founder and the first Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Policy Studies and the director of the non-governmental research organization Center for Social Policy and Gender Studies. He devoted his academic career to the study of social policy, social problems, organizations and professions. The results of his research and his contributions in methodology and theory are reflected in Pavel Romanov's publications; this includes his monographs, articles and books he edited, in both Russian and English. Many of Pavel's colleagues and students continue their research work using social anthropological approaches, qualitative methodology, visual methods pioneered by Romanov.

The theme of the Pavel Romanov Prize Competition-2015 "Professions and professionalism in the welfare state"

Articles are invited to be submitted to the Competition, ideally answering one of the following research questions, although contributions on other topics will be considered:

1 How are understandings of professionalism changing in an era of social transformation and crisis?
2 What new challenges face professionals employed in various aspects of the welfare state?
3 How is the landscape of professionalism in the modern world changing?
4 What are characteristics of professional cultures given the changing relations between the state, the market and civil society?
5 Can one talk about 'precarization' and 'mediatization' of labor in the social sphere?
6 How are the various dimensions of social inequality (gender, ethnicity, class, disability and others) linked to professional culture? How far is inclusive professionalism possible?
7 Professional knowledge in the age of information transparency: crisis of autonomy or a new cognitive order?

Submissions can be on theoretical and methodological issues, or focus on the results of empirical research. They may be of fundamental or applied nature. The results will be announced at the conference 'Rethinking professionalism: challenges and reform of the welfare state' in the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, on the 21-22nd of May, 2015. Participants selected in the competition will be invited to present at the conference. The winners will receive cash prizes and gifts. The best manuscripts will be published in the Journal of Social Policy Studies after revision by the authors in accordance with the comments of the peer-reviewers and editors.

Manuscripts of 3000 to 5000 words must be submitted by April 20, 2015 by e-mail to, with 'Competition' in the subject line of the email.

Guidelines for authors are available at Criteria for selection: The jury of the competition welcomes new authors offering on relevant, current and innovative work that applies a critical and creative approach to solving research problems, reviewing existing concepts (theories), developing new methods and perspectives of analysis. The key to success will be originality and novelty, combined with academic responsibility, the vigorous application of reason and the use of a creative approach to analytical tasks, as well as adherence to the rules of writing articles for JSPS.


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Dear all,

a new article titled "Everyday Welfare and Ethnographic Vignettes of Social Work Across Central and Eastern European Countries: Is there Something like an Eastern European Social Work?" by prof. dr. Darja Zaviršek is available here.

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He just turned 50...

Pavel Romanov - Professor at HSE, chief editor of the Journal of Social Policy Studies, Director of the Center for Social Policy and Gender Studies. One of the most prominent Russian researchers in sociology of organizations, social policy, sociology of professions, the ethnographic method in sociology.

His research interests were exceptionally broad: he possessed knowledge in biology and sociology, social anthropology and ethnography, conducted participant observation in the factories and in the social services, but perhaps his main passion in his youth was a sport tourism. He participated in expeditions to the Baikal Lake, rafted down wild rivers of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, climbed the mountain and cliff alone could wade through the taiga winter. This will and ability to overcome allow him until the last moment not to give up, despite serious illness, to continue to explore and create, critique and provide recommendations, support and encouragement for those who have been close - in his inner circle and the broadest network of friends, colleagues, students.

In the 1990s, he was one of those young enthusiasts who built the Russian sociology from scratch - working in international projects of the Institute for Comparative Labour Relations Research (ISITO), creating new and interesting courses on the sociology of management, qualitative methods, social anthropology and social policy at the Institute of Sociology Russian Academy of Science, in Shaninka (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences), the Technical University of Saratov, and finally in the HSE.

In his doctoral dissertation in 1997 he was the first in Russia to prove the importance of ethnographic method in sociology, being able to convince to win over his teacher - Gennady Semenovich Batygin who was then yet skeptical of qualitative methodology. That's when Pavel introduced the concept of industrial paternalism as a particular managerial practice, based on a system of mutual expectations and actions on the part of administration and employees of the organization. In three years in the doctoral dissertation he offers a unique concept of management as a form of social practice, justifying socio-anthropological approach to the study of management and organizations.

While studying the specifics of the grassroots organization of industrial production and social services, he was among the first in the Russian sociology who applied phenomenological approach, qualitative, visual methods study social policy. Adapting a Neo-Weberian theoretical perspective to the Russian realities, he identified ideology of professionalism, elicited how social policy is embodied in the everyday social services, how gender and disability are constructed in the context of social inequality and poverty, human rights.

In 2003, he founded the non-profit organization Center for Social Policy and Gender Studies (CSPGS) and the Journal of Social Policy Studies (JSPS) - Russia's first academic periodical, which opened a new field of interdisciplinary scientific expertise with extremely high heuristic potential for a variety of disciplines and academic traditions. Being convinced in the undoubted merits of interpretive theoretical perspective, in the 2000s he contributed to the development of social anthropology as an educational program at the intersection of sociology, history and ethnography. Under his leadership, dozens of Masters of Sociology and Social Work, as well as Sociology candidates got their start in the profession.

Involving a wide range of students and associates, Pavel invited them for summer schools and workshops, research and publications – he edited several dozen monographs and journal issues that open new pages in such scholarly fields as social history, sociology and anthropology of professions, organizations, management, visual studies, sociological research methods, social policy, and gender studies.

Bright scholar, witty, versatile and sincere person. He will always be remembered that way - open, gentle, sincere, with radiate kindness and warmth, but always with his principled stance. Charismatic leader, reliable and sensitive friend, wise and thoughtful, loving and caring.

By dramatic coincidence, these days the Center for Social Policy and Gender Studies founded by Pavel actually shuts down. Like an insidious disease that had not got an invented cure, the prosecution of the so-called "foreign agents" destroyed the body CSPGS - vibrant and full of energy.

We mourn with Pavel Vasilyevich's family, his friends, colleagues and students.


Greetings from INDOSOW intensive summer school 2014 where a number of students from East Europe, West Europe and USA are participating in the intensive programme.


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Dear colleagues, dear school members of the EEsrASSW!

I would like to thank you for expressing your trust and engagement and voted for me for the period of the next three years. I promise to work in favour of the young association along with the members of the Executive Board and all of the members of the EEsrASSW. I will work closely with the schools from the region as well as with the both organisations the EASSW and the IASSW on the joint goals in social work education and research and for social justice. I hope to enlarge our network and to make the EEsrASSW a strong organisation. I wish to work closely together with each of you in the area of social work teaching and research. Please, send the Executive board and to me suggestions and ideas for the joint collaboration and use the Association for networking and cooperation. Our web site is updated. Visit and send us material for the web site:

Thank you again!

Ljubljana, 30. May 2014

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Two baks accounts for the floods victims in Bosnia

Dear colleagues,

We investigated which are most reliable organisations for money donations on the ground instead of the traditional humanitarian organisations.

I got the answer from Faruk Šehić, member of the Sarajevo PEN and awarded with EU price for his book. He said that the organisation bellow is trustworthy and that the money will come to the people. I have double checked it with Sanela Basić. She knows the organisation, she thinks it is fine, but can not guarantee. Petra Jalšovec who started the »write letters« project also gave her reliable contact. As. at the social work dept. BL Gorana Panić sent what she found out. I have put all three bellow:

This is the information of the two NGO's , one from Sarajevo and one from Banja Luka:

Web site :
PHONE: 00387 62 621 524,
BANK ACCOUNT : Raiffeisen Bank dd BiH
IBAN: BA391611000001103627

ACC NO. 400 87 68 343 00 /50301200-017452
IBAN: BA 39 1413065310095020

From Banja Luka (from Gorana Panić) :;
Contact persons:
Maša Mirković, executive director of Nova generacija:
Bojana Delibašić, Coordinator of volunteer activities:

I was also informed today, that in Bosnia the donations to local NGO's are in danger to be stopped. The government wants to close down all donations flows except those who will come directly to a special governmentally run bank account. And people worrry a lot about this. I hope my information is correct, I have not double checked it.
This means that it is good to make the donations soon.

Please DONATE and inform other people !

Best wishes, Darja


Dear Victim-Survivor

I have seen the pictures of the devastation that has visited your community and although the damage is horrific and the experience is an ordeal, I am struck by your resilience. I have been impressed by your energy and skills and willingness to help others to survive this catastrophe. I send you warm thoughts across the miles between your community and mine, and wish you every speed in returning your life back to normal. I am linked to the social workers, who although victims of the floods alongside you, have sought help from the outside world. And I am full of admiration for them and you. Please keep your hopes, dreams and spirits alive, a better tomorrow is possible. And there are people like me who are willing to help you move on.

Yours in solidarity

Lena Dominelli Durham, the UK

SOME INFORMATION ABOUT MASTERS IN SOCIAL WORK: "Social Work as a Human Rights Profession"

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An e mail account is opened for everybody who feel to write a letter to the unknown child, boy, girl, to a woman, to the community, a man, the elder man or woman, disabled, the person who lost animals, to a family, etc. All of the letters will be given to people and will be translated for them.

The initiative was taken by postgraduate social work student Petra Jalšovec from the University of Ljubljana.


E mail address:

In solidarity,
Darja Zaviršek

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See also:
Disaster Interventions and Humanitarian Aid Toolkit
Ethical Research into Disaster Interventions and Humanitarian Aid Guidelines

More than 1,5 million people were affected by flooding in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia in recent days.

                            Foto: Tomi Lombar/Delo

Despite waters levels slowly going down new concerns are rising in the affected areas. More than 500 people are still reported missing and 50 are reported dead in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia. Thousands of people who were evacuated from affected areas are not able to go back to their homes because of the damage caused by water. There is a rising risk of different outbreaks because of the high temperatures. In addition in Bosnia landslides and water moved bariers and warning singns of several minefields in the area still waiting to be demined from the war.

If you want more instructions how to help write to:
Gorana Panic, Phd. Student and assistant lecturer at the University of Banja Luka

Read more on the topic and get involved:

East European sub regional Association of the Schools of Social Work joins MESSAGE FROM THE EASSW

'States of emergency have been declared in parts of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia after the heaviest rain and worst floods since records began 120 years ago.'

Members of EASSW wish to send their messages of support to all those affected by the terrible flooding following torrential rain over many weeks in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. We wish to express solidarity with social workers in the region who are involved in the state of emergency operations currently underway and stand ready to assist within the resources of the association.

For further information see the following websites and organisations where you can donate goods and money:

Organisation Ljiljan:


In solidarity,
Darja Zaviršek


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NEWS: Interview with Julian Assange

An excelent interview with Julian Assange has been published in the recent daily Slovenian newspaper. The interview is in english language. Link.

NEWS: Conference

We are attending The 4th European Social Work Conference in Bolzano between 15-17 of April 2014!
The conference is titled: Private troubles or public issues? Challenges for social work research.
More under the "International Conferences in the Region" page.

NEWS: World Social Work Day 2014


NEWS: Regional reserch publication

Dear colleagues,
There are not many books written on disability in East Europe and former Soviet Union globally, therefore, I'm sending you this information about the new book published by Routledge.

Kind regards, Darja

NEWS: Regional research

Dear colleagues,
Due to so many people living in close institutions in our region, you will be interested in this research done by Dennis Troft Sørensen.
-Sørensen, Dennis Troft (2013), HUMAN RIGHTS AND COMPULSORY PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen - download

Kind regards, Darja

NEWS: E-Book now available!

Dear colleagues,

We published an e-book with all of the abstracts and recorded lectures from our International Symposia titled: Against Social Suffering: Social Work in Aliance with People with Disabilities in the Times of Crisis. The symposia was held in Ljubljana between June 17-18 2013. Due to the size of the document (audio files) you can dowload it via our dropbox - download

Kind regards, Darja

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