Newsletter November 2012
A new Code of Ethics for Social Work of the General Council of Social Work was unanimously approved
June 2012 – The last June 9th the new Code of Ethics of our profession was unanimously approved in an Extraordinary General Meeting. This document is the result of work over three years ago by the General Council of Social Work, an Ethic Expert Committee, different Ethic Groups and the Professional Colleges of Social Work. The first code of ethics was adopted in 1999 and it has had six editions.
Executive Board and the technical team of the General Council of Social Work with
some representatives of the 37 Professional Colleges of Social Work
The General Council of Social Work receives the Gold Cross of the Civil Order of Social Solidarity 2011.
June 2012 - The Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality granted the Golden Cross of the Civil Order of Social Solidarity 2011 to the General Council of Social Work. This award recognizes individuals and institutions that have distinguished themselves in the promotion and development of activities and services related to solidarity and social action. Ana I. Lima, President of GCSW, received the prize from the Queen Sofia herself. Also Patrocinio de las Heras, Spanish social worker, was awarded with this Gold Cross for her commitment to human and social rights.
Ana I. Lima received the Gold Cross from the Queen Sofia herself
Professional Colleges of Social Workers will
be mediation centers
June 2012 – With the new Spanish Mediation Law, Social workers will resolve some conflicts by way of mediation, without going to court. Also the Professional Colleges of Social Work are recognized as professional bodies to mediate.
The General Council of Social Work was IFSW General Assembly and World Conference on Social Work and Social Development in Stockholm.
July 2012 – The president Ana I. Lima attended and participated in the IFSW World Assembly and the IFSW Europe informal meeting. During the Conference, Ana Lima presented the Alliance for the Defense of Public Social Services System with a paper and participated in a workshop about the role of social workers in social emergencies and disasters. Besides the GCSW was invited to participate in the Latin American and Caribbean IFSW informal meeting; it contacted with Social Work representatives from other countries and engaged potential collaborative links. Also it presented a triptych with all Spanish Social Work publications. In addition the GCSW explained the campaign called “Marea Naranja - Orange Tide” and led by Spanish social workers by cuts in social services.
The Orange Tide, a new movement against the cuts in social services.
April 2012 – The Orange Tide is followed by social workers, citizens and other social professionals and has emerged because of cuts in social services. Its slogan is "Cuts No. Don’t shut up!". This campaign looks after the maintenance and quality of social services and the defense of human rights of citizens and professionals. The initiative has gained an important media attention and is being carried out many activities throughout the country.
Furthermore, the GCSW has joined with unions, other organizations and professionals associations against government cuts. All this organizations and thousands of Spanish joined in a protest against the crisis and its repercussion on 15th September. GCSW and Spanish social workers will continue to work in this struggle.
Members of all organizations during the protest on 15th September
Collaboration with the Council of International Fellowship in Spain
October 2012 – The Council has begun working with the coordinator of the International
Professional Exchange Programs for professional of social work, social welfare and human services in Spain. Both Councils want to include the visit of foreign social workers in Spain for 2014.
Meeting with the Swiss Embassy in Spain
October 2012 – The CGTS and Professional College of Social Workers in Madrid had a meeting with representatives of the Swiss Embassy in Spain and the Social Welfare Section for Swiss abroad. Their interest was in receiving information management and the current situation about social services in Spain.
Ana I. Lima and Emiliana Vicente (GCSW President and Secretary)
with the two Swiss Consuls in Spain, other members of the Swiss Embassy
and the Social Welfare Section for Swiss abroad
Campaign “Rebel against the poverty”
October 2012 – The CGTS, along with other social entities and NGOs (Spanish Alliance against Poverty, EAPN, Global Call to Action against Poverty, etc.) participated in a campaign against the cuts, the “death” of the social policies and the increasing poverty in our country during the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
Ana I. Lima during the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Publications and Journal “Social Services and Social Policy”
The General Council has published the last edition of the Journal “Social Services and Social Policy” and soon a new copy about: “Active Ageing II”. Also the Editorial Committee has programmed the last number of this year about: “What is the social intervention?”, which important social workers around the world will write.
In addition the General Council has published a new book: Social Work, an Analysis to Action, written by Ana I. Lima.
Nº 98: Active Ageing
Social Work, an Analysis to Action
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