Following the second meeting of our Working Group on SDG3 we are publishing a Policy Briefing on how social services can play an increasing role in ensuring good health and wellbeing at the local level.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda provides social services an opportunity to emphasise their role related to people’s empowerment, upholding human rights, social justice, promoting social inclusion, and social development and investment.

However, as social services authorities and agencies are not always part of cross-cutting initiatives adopted to implement the sustainable agenda at national and local levels, we are working with our members to highlight challenges at the local level.

SDG3: Way Forward

  • The global agenda on sustainable development provides social services with a tool to strengthen their voice.
  • Prevention is a key component of SDG 3.  But to be effective, prevention services need to reach target populations.
  • Ensuring social work professionals working with children in alternative care participate in the identification of the health needs of looked-after children.
  • Promoting the participation of social services professionals in multidisciplinary integrated care teams.
  • The development of new care trends and IT tools, such as assistive technologies, can play a key role in implementing SDG.
  • Putting in place an inter-services strategy, which ensures services coordination and inter-professional working.
  • Social services professionals can have a key role in the provision of indicators for data collection to assess the implementation and they should be trained for it.


This policy briefing is a follow up to the first meeting of our Working Group on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the respective policy briefing on how social services can play an increasing role in the eradication of poverty.