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国际社工协会秘书长写给2014国际社工日:做实质贡献的社工们

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17 March 2014

Social Workers Making Contributions of Consequence

Dr Rory Truell, Secretary-General of The International Federations of Social Workers 2014 World Social Work Day Message.

Each year World Social Work Day takes on new energy and significance. All of IFSW’s 116 country-members are celebrating the contribution of social workers to society, and using the opportunity to advocate common messages to their governments.

‘Social and Economic Crisis – Social Work Solutions’ is the theme for 2014. This relates to the first of four themes in the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development – a bottom up movement that has been developed by social workers globally who wanted to step-up and take action against massive growing inequalities, the worldwide dynamics that perpetuate poverty and oppression.

As social workers we are at the forefront of social consequences and social realities. We experience on a daily basis those policies, which unlock human potential and social sustainability, and those which fail people and strip them of their confidence and futures.

Our experience is that the vast majority of people in difficult circumstances want the best for themselves and their families and to take responsible decisions to make that possible. The problem is that a mixture of social, personal and economic circumstance entrap them in a spiral of problems from which it can be difficult to escape without strong family, community or other networks to support them. We often see how, despite people’s best efforts, small external events, such as illness, unexpected repair bill, or a natural disaster knock people back. This simple and common sense message is at the heart of social work but is often ignored by government policy.

As well as facilitating support of people on the ground, social work also delivers key-messages to governments and international policy organisations based on our practical experience:

  •  ‘That people cannot be developed by others’. Our frontline experience has taught us that to escape from poverty and oppressive situations, people need to be actively involved in their own futures.
  • ‘That the cornerstone of a thriving economy is a stable resourced and educated community’. All to often governments argue that they cannot afford to invest in community, whereas our experience informs us that investing in community attracts results in entrepreneurship, skill development and economic growth.
  • ‘People are happier and wellbeing is better for all in more equitable societies’.The massively unequal distribution of wealth causes more social instability, health and crime problems, negatively affecting everybody.
  • When people have a ‘collective voice’, they are more able to advocate for their rights and participate in decision-making processes resulting in better wellbeing.

Social workers embed all these concepts in their work in all parts of the world. We challenge the stereotype that blames individuals for allowing themselves to fall into trouble or for being inadequate or dishonest.  We know the reality is different, and more complex.  People must exercise individual responsibilities but they must be able to do this in a fair and just environment, which supports them.

Writing this message from Cairo it is impossible not to reflect on the social upheavals of recent years. Discussing this with the local social work community it has become very clear that a fundamental sense of personal insecurity caused by the absence of a social welfare system fuelled frustration and political unrest.

What do social workers want? Governments with heart. Politicians who take the trouble to understand the real human experience and to avoid cruel stereotypes and slogans. Policies that recognise the potential in people, and enable their aspirations. Until and after such a time, social workers will play their part; they will continue to facilitate and support people in discovering their confidence and ability to make positive decisions for themselves and their next generation.

Like millions of others worldwide I am proud to be a social worker. Proud to be a part of a profession that acts decisively on its deep understanding human behaviour. We assist people in difficulty and support them and their families to regain confidence, to fulfil their sense of responsible as parents, community members and citizens – and at the same time a profession that also influences social policy and political outcomes. Proud to be member of a profession – making contributions of consequence.

Copyright © 2014 International Federation of Social Workers. All rights reserved.

译文:

做实质贡献的社工们

——国际社工协会秘书长写给2014国际社工日

 

Dr Rory Truell

 

每年的世界社工日都会变得比上一届更有活力和影响力。在这一天,所有国际社工协会(International Federation of Social Workers - IFSW)的116个成员国会员都会庆祝社会工作者对社会所做的贡献,并利用这个机会将共同的讯息传递给他们的政府。

2014年世界社工日的主题为:社会和经济危机——社会工作的解决方案。这个主题涉及到社会工作及社会发展全球议程的四个主题中的第一个。社会工作及社会发展全球议程是一个由全球社工共同发起的自下而上的运动,其目的是针对日益增长的不平等,全球性的贫穷和压迫等现象做出行动。

作为社会工作者,我们目睹着各类社会后果和社会现实。我们每天都在体验那些封锁人类潜能及阻碍社会可持续性发展的政策,以及那些阻碍人们成功并剥夺他们自信与希望的社会枷锁。

我们的经验是,绝大多数人在困难面前都报有希望,并愿意为了他们自己或他们的家庭变得更好而付出努力。然而,由于各种社会,个人和经济等原因,困难会接踵而来,若没有强大的家庭、社区及其它社会支持,他们很难摆脱困境。

我们经常看到,尽管人们尽了最大努力,一些很小的外部事件如生病或自然灾害还是会让人无从应对。这个简单的常识是社会工作的核心所在,但并未被政府政策所重视。

除了提供直接的帮助和支持,社会工作还应该根据我们的实践经验向政府和国际组织传递 以下重要信息:

•人不能由别人来完善。实践经验告诉我们,要想摆脱贫穷和压迫,人们需要积极参与到自己的未来建设中。

•经济繁荣的基石是一个稳定的,资源丰富的和受过教育的生活环境。很多时候政府会说他们没有能力投资建设这样一个生活环境,而我们的经验是,这方面的投资会吸引创业,技能发展和经济增长。

•在一个更公平的社会里,人会更快乐和更幸福。财富的分配不均导致很多社会不稳定,健康和犯罪等问题。

•当人们一起行动进行倡议,他们就更能够主张自己的权利和参与决策过程,他们也会因此感到更幸福。

世界各地的社会工作者在工作中都有践行以上这些观点。社会上经常将失败和困难归咎于个人,认为是个人不够努力,但我们都知道这种观点并不正确,很多复杂的现实情况并不是个人可以解决的。当然,人们必须对自己责任,但他们需要一个公平、公正的环境来支持他们做到这一点。

从开罗写这篇文章时,我不由自主地回想起近年来发生的社会动荡。通过和当地的社工讨论时很清楚地发现,社会福利制度的缺乏会导致个人的不安全感,进而会引起混乱和政治动荡。

什么是社会工作者想要的?有心的政府。包括有心的政客,愿意不辞辛苦地了解真实的群众体验并抵制残酷的刻板印象和标语,以及有心的政策,能意识到人类的潜能并帮助他们实现愿望。在当下和未来,社会工作者都将发挥自己的作用,他们将继续推动和支持人们挖掘自信,为自己和下一代做有益的决定。

 

和世界各地数以百万计的人们一样,我很自豪能成为一名社会工作者。我很自豪能够成为这样一个对人类行为有着深刻理解的专业的一部分。我们帮助处于困境中的人们,支持他们和他们的家庭重拾信心,以履行他们作为家长,社区成员和公民的责任,同时我们还影响社会政策和政治成效。总之,我很自豪能成为可以为社会做实质贡献的专业的一员。

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