TCIG Recognizes March 2015 As Social Work Month

Providenciales, 12 Mar 2015 – Celebrated each March, Social Work Month is an opportunity to promote the value of social work around the world and to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the valuable contribution Social Workers make to society. The theme for 2015 is “Social Work Paves the way for Change. We are the Changers.”

The Department of Social Development and Gender Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs, join in on this annual occasion. World Social Work Day will be celebrated on the 19thMarch, 2015.

In celebration of Social Work Month, the Department of Social Development and Gender Affairs will host the following activities throughout the Islands:
Volunteer Day – Wellness Center & Special Needs, Provo Children’s Home (March 21, 2015)
“Become a Social Worker” Presentations – March 16 – 27, 2015
Social Workers Recognition within the TCIG Service (Government Press Release and Newspaper)
Social Work Retreat.

Like all nations, the Turks and Caicos Islands is not immune from the social ills of poverty, juvenile delinquency, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, gangs, early school drop outs, grief and loss and families in crisis. Yet, we have Social Workers that are well positioned with the knowledge and skills to reconcile these challenges by serving individuals, families, communities and organizations. Social Workers’ primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems. Social Workers behave in a trustworthy manner. Social Workers practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise and Social Workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.

The Department of Social Development and Gender Affairs recognizes that there is still a need for more persons, especially young men, to enter the Social Work Profession in an effort to eradicate the stigma that ‘social work is a woman’s field”. We implore the young men of the Turks and Caicos who have not yet chosen a career path to explore the endless opportunities and achieve personal satisfaction in a profession that will only grow with the vast changes and numerous challenges of our time.

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