The Social Workers Association of Ghana (Swag) has called on the Government, especially the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to help speed up with the passage of the Social worker’s bill.
The Social worker’s bill, the Association believes will help to shape their profession when passed.
SWAG made the call while commemorating the World Social Work Day on Tuesday, March 21,2023.
Every year, World Social Work Day is celebrated across the world on the third Tuesday of March, and events are organized throughout the month of March.
The day is an opportunity for social workers and others in the social service sector to celebrate their achievements as well as to raise awareness and support for the important role that social workers play in the lives of children, families and communities facing adversity.
The day calls attention to the need for further planning, development and support to the profession and social service sectors. The theme for World Social Work Day in 2023 is Respecting Diversity Through Joint Social Action.
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In a statement, SWAG drew the government’s attention to the two major challenges of its profession, ie; lack of resources and proper legislation to govern the practice.
According to the Association, a developing country like Ghana needs a well-structured Social Welfare System that will put social workers at the forefront to bring the needed development.
“We call on the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to speed up with the Social worker’s bill, we believe if the bill is passed it will help to shape our profession. We also call on the government to add Social workers to the Security Services Professionals list for recruitment,” SWAG stated.
SWAG wished all Ghanaian Social Workers a happy World Social Work Day, and encouraged them to continue to give their best to the service of the Ghanaian People.
“We wish to also use this day to encourage us all to stick to our ethics and principles that guide our noble profession,” it added.
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