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Multiple overlapping crises are having a severe impact on the requirements and working conditions of social workers, SISWEC (Strengthening the skills of social workers in a Europe in crisis) is aimed at reviewing social work training in Europe to help social workers address the multiplicity of crises affecting societies.

SISWEC will bring together higher education and the social work profession to address the scope of social work and reflect on social workers training needs in light of current developments. It also aims to address the fragmentation of social activities, social policies and social professions in Europe.

Bringing together two European networks and five universities, SISWEC’s ambition is to prepare future social workers for the new needs of a Europe in crisis and to harmonise training in a dual approach of academic excellence and social relevance.

SISWEC was officially launched in September 2022 and is expected to conclude in September 2025.

ESN will:

  • Produce a report, following a series of qualitative targeted interviews on social services professionals training needs;
  • Propose good practice of effective collaboration between the academia and the profession in light of current social challenges;
  • Request feedback from members on the new training modules developed through the project;
  • Disseminate the results of the project.

The first Intercategorial Training of Trainers took place in Toulouse from the 3rd to 5th of October in Toulouse. The main focus of the training concerned the rise of precarity and social work in Europe. More specifically, through workshops, immersive exhibitions and presentations a clear and solid basis regarding precarity and social work was provided and enhanced trainees’ ability to work in a precarious environment.

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