About the Congress

The Indian Social Work Congress is an initiative of the National Association of Professional Social Workers in India (NAPSWI). With a successful beginning at the University of Delhi in 2013, the second Congress took place in 2014 at the University of Pune. Thereafter, the third Congress was organized at JVBI, Ladnun, the fourth one was held at Varanasi and the last in the series, that is, the fith Congress was organised at Kochi. In the same series, the Sixth Indian Social Work Congress is being organised at one of the oldest institutions providing social work education in the country, viz. the Department of Social Work (Delhi School of Social Work), University of Delhi. Needless to say, the Department of Social Work is renowned for its excellence in the teaching and learning of social work.

As has been acknowledged time and again, the purpose of the ISWC is to bring the fraternity of professional social workers together to discuss and deliberate upon the issues related to the social work education, practice and research in India. It aims to strengthen the profession through the consolidation of the educational thrust and practice focus on the foundational pillars of social work, viz. social and human development, social justice and human rights.  By evolving a vibrant forum, the ISWC strives to facilitate wide ranging presentations on diverse topics, as also discussions and deliberations on the important sub themes emanating out of the main theme of the Congress. The Congress emerges as an important meeting point for educators from all parts of the country, as also practitioners and researchers, all of whom synergise their energies to review the larger trends that the profession is recording and to draw out meaningful responses to the issues and challenges that confront it.

Specifically, the 6th ISWC2016 aims to achieve the following objectives:

Provide a platform to social work professionals to discuss and deliberate on the issues related to human development: its components and their indices; the nature and level of their achievement; constraints/ challenges confronting their achievement.
Engage with issues related to Social Justice and Inclusion, within the context of social work education, research and practice.

Address the diverse issues and challenges pertaining to human development and social justice vis--vis social work profession in the rapidly transforming socio-political and economic landscape.

  Share and exchange experiences of social work educators, researchers and development practitioners to augment networks and coalitions of social workers with the overall aim of invigorating the social work profession.

Thematic Engagement of 6th ISWC - 2018

The theme of 6thISWC 2018 is “Human Development and Social Inclusion: Imperatives for Social Work Education and Practice”. This theme has emerged from the contemporary concerns of local to international community within the present context, and in consonance with the social work value framework. The emergence of new economies across the world, together with newer paradigm of information technology and significant dominance of the market economy has impacted life and living of common people and marginalized groups, governance, services, civility and civil society, as also ethics and social responsibility. This has also diversified the roles and responsibility of the profession in a significant manner.

The UN document entitled Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development contains 17 goals and 169 targets.  It is the first time that all nations have chosen to adopt the same set of goals regardless of their relative positions within the development continuum. There is now a remarkable convergence of vision underlying the priorities for the proposed SDGs and those envisioned by the Indian government. Building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the SDGs propose to end poverty and deprivation in all forms, leaving no one behind, as well as chart optimal progress on other indicators of social and human development.

We all agree that sustainable development characterizes that development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, the framework of sustainable development includes three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. Despite the avowed vision, the challenge to achieve the stated goals of social and human development, and inclusion is substantial, given the complexity of the present time.  In such a context, it is a natural expectation that the Indian Social work Congress plays a meaningful role in understanding, analyzing and interpreting the imperatives and the challenges pertaining to the achievement of the sustainable development goals in the backdrop of the neo-liberal economy. The 6th Indian Social Work Congress is committed to providing a dynamic platform to discuss and deliberate on how the profession of social work can engage itself in achieving the aforementioned objectives. At this juncture, where the social work profession is undergoing a major transformation from the local to the global level, the 6th  ISWC 2018 shall pave the way for exploring newer dimensions and directions.


Sub Themes

These subthemes are proposed as frameworks for the detailed deliberations under the congress theme. What is generally expected in the congress are the conceptual, empirical and interventional papers or posters in terms of the causes, consequences, current status, strategic interventions, potential responses in management lines including policies and programmes with social work implications to the education, and practice.

1 Child Rights: Aspirations and Actions
2 Corporate Social Responsibility for Sustainable Development.
3 Social problems, Violence and Criminal Justice Social work
4 Democratic Space, Social Justice and Marginalized Groups.
5 Environment, Climate Justice and Sustainable Development Goals.
6 Gendered Discourse in Social Justice and Human development.
7 Health and Mental Health for Well Being.
8 Indian Social Work Traditions and Practices and SW Education
9 Religion, Spirituality and Social Work.
Social Justice and Human Rights for Empowering People.
11 Social Work Education and Profession in India: Issues and challenges.
12 Work, Workers and Workplaces: Implications for Social Development.
13 Social Service Workforce in India



National Association of Professional Social Workers in India (NAPSWI)
Department of Social work, Sree University of Delhi