Social work is an important role, and one well worth pursuing. It is committed to social justice and human rights, and improving human well-being for individuals, families, communities and societies (International Federation of Social Workers, 2014). Social work is a diverse profession working with different groups and individuals and it operates across many different arrangements for the delivery of welfare and social care. Social work largely grew up within the ambit of the many welfare states of advanced liberal nations and has since spread as a profession across the world. We think the diversity of activities we can call social work is to be celebrated, and given the wonderful variety of ways in which human beings live, work and create communities, we cannot see that it could be any other way. What unites social work across the world, however, is a commitment to the realisation of social justice for all people, and the fact that our work is primarily with people who experience exclusion, disadvantage, stigma and marginalisation. Our professional commitment to social justice amidst the situation of increasing global change was a theme recently raised by Professor Alastair Christie (Child and Family Research Centre & Christie, 2014) in a keynote presented at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway. We agree with him that in the last few years there have been enormous political changes to Nation-states, of all political persuasions.
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