Round table discussion on the development of social work was organized in Azerbaijan.

The Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society in collaboration with local governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities with social work faculties carries out activities towards development of social work in Azerbaijan. One of the organizations with whom the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society cooperates in social work area is Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union.

On the 13th of December 2016, round table discussion on “Strengthening local partnership concerning the development of social work and social services in Azerbaijan” was organized by Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union. The representatives of NGOs arranging services in area of social work, students and teachers of universities with social work faculty, the representatives of international organizations working for development of this area, a regional manager for the Southern Caucasus of Hilfwerk Austria International Organization Nikol Bauer, international expert on social work Robert Kroiss participated at round table discussion. “Community based health” program coordinator of the Az.RC Matanat Garakhanova represented the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society at round table discussion. Matanat Garakhanova informed participants that students studying in social work faculties of different universities in Baku have their internship at the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society.

The participants of round table discussion briefly informed about activities of their organizations in social work. During round table discussion it was noted that there are still gaps in teaching social work profession in Azerbaijan, that the graduates of social work faculties of universities have problems with employment, no sufficient attention is paid to including social work practice in educational programs. The participants gave their relevant recommendations in these directions of activities.

In conclusion, there was discussed possible ways of cooperation between the representatives of universities teaching social work and Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union concerning promotion and recognition of social work profession. The participants of round table discussion decided to establish a network of NGOs working in social work area.

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