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The annual conference of the Latvian Association of Social Workers 2023

On the 10th of November 2023, the annual conference of the Latvian Association of Social Workers took place, focusing on “Uncomfortable Topics in Society and Solutions in Social Work.” This time, the conference addressed issues considered uncomfortable in both society at large and the daily practice of social workers. The presentations centred on social work with […]

The 2/2023 issue of the periodical “Social work in Latvia” has been published

social work in Latvia magazine

The periodical journal “Social work in Latvia”, which has been published twice a year since 2017, has become a welcome event for social work specialists, as it provides an insight into the current affairs of the profession both in Latvia and abroad. This year, within the framework of the Ministry of Welfare’s project “Professional and […]

A new code of ethics for Latvian social workers has been approved

In accordance with the Law on Social Services and Social Assistance, when performing the professional tasks of a social worker and a charitable social worker, social workers and charitable social workers comply with the code of ethics of social workers, which is approved by the Latvian Association of Social Workers.On May 28, 2022, a historic […]

A new draft Code of Ethics for Social Workers has been developed

The Latvian Association of Social Workers has developed a new draft code of ethics for social workers. The current Code of Ethics for Social Workers was adopted almost 21 years ago. Since then, several changes have taken place in the international documents of social work ethics, social processes, and social work in Latvia. Since January 13, 2020, […]

The Latvian Association of Social Workers will henceforth publish a magazine “Social Work in Latvia”

social work in Latvia magazine

In January 2022 The Latvian Association of Social Workers has acquired the right to develop the content and publish the next three periodicals “Social Work in Latvia”. Future issues of the periodical are expected to reach online readers and municipal social services in print in June and November 2022, as well as in April 2023. […]

Translated the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training

The Latvian Association of Social Workers (hereinafter – the Association) in cooperation with Liesma Ose has translated the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training, which is now available on the website of the Association and the International Federation of Social Workers.It is now published here: https://www.ifsw.org/global-standards-for-social-work-education-and-training/ Direct link to the document: https://www.ifsw.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/IFSW_IASSW_Global_Ed_standards2020LV_translation.pdf

Letter from The Lithuanian Association of Social Workers

The Lithuanian Association of Social Workers expresses its support for the opinion of the Latvian Association of Social Workers against the involvement of social workers in the administration of social insurance contributions. On November 11, 2020, the Latvian Association of Social Workers received a letter from the Lithuanian Association of Social Workers in which the […]

The annual social worker’s summer debate camp took place from 21st to 23rd of August

The summer discussion camp was held in Kurzeme, in the guesthouse “Deķšņi” in the parish Pope which is located near Venspils. Like every other year this year was no exception for lively debates held by Association of social workers. These discussions involved debates about social work, the demand for social services provided and the provision […]

Meeting of the Latvian Social Workers Association with the Ministry of Welfare on changes in the Code of Ethics 05.02.2020.

Since the Latvian Social Workers ‘Association has been designated as responsible for the Code of Ethics for Social Workers (hereinafter – Code of Ethics) and professional ethics issues since 13 January 2020, the representatives of the Latvian Social Workers’ Association M.Moors, A.Menkova and R .Rindža met with colleagues from the Methodical and Control Department of […]

The Latvian Parliament designates the Latvian Social Workers’ Association as being responsible for the Code of Ethics for Social Workers

According to the amendments to the Law on Social Services and Social Assistance (adopted by the Parliament on 19.12.2019, entered into force on 13.01.2020), the Latvian Social Workers’ Association is designated as responsible for the Code of Ethics and updating issues of professional ethics. Since 2003, when the Law on Social Services and Social Assistance […]

December 11, 2019 Meeting of the Social Work Specialists Cooperation Council of the Ministry of Welfare

On December 11, 2019, Linda Ozola, member of the board of the Social Workers Association, participated in the meeting of the Social Work Specialists Cooperation Council of the Ministry of Welfare. Jan Muižniece, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Welfare, presented Ministry plans for the reform of the custody courts. The aim of the […]

Latvian Social Workers’ Association meets with the Norwegian Association of Social Educators and Social Workers

On December 4, 2019, Ieva Ozola and Viesturs Kleinbergs from the Latvian Social Workers Association had the opportunity to meet INGE ENGELAND JOHANSEN, one of the regional leaders of the Norwegian Association of Social Educators and Social Workers (FELLESORGANISASJONEN). The Norwegian Association brings together about 10,000 professionals and works in several directions: professional development and […]

Latvian Social Workers Association Annual Conference 8.11.2019

On November 8, 2019, the annual conference of the Latvian Social Workers Association “Sustainability of Social Work and Future Challenges” was held. This year the conference was held for the first time outside Riga, in Sigulda, in the premises of the Devons Cultural Center. The Social Workers’ Association organized a conference in cooperation with the […]

Latvian Social Workers ‘Association participates in the International Federation of Social Workers’ Conference in Vienna

From 8 to 11 September 2019, a conference organized by the International Federation of Social Workers was held in Vienna. Title of the conference was Social protection and human dignity. In total, the conference was attended by about 500 representatives from 47 countries around the world and it was possible to gain world experience in […]

The 2nd meeting of the Social Work Specialists Cooperation Council of the Ministry of Welfare

On June 26, 2019, Linda Ozola, the chairwomen of the board of the Social Workers’ Association, attended the 2nd meeting of the Social Work Specialists Cooperation Council of the Ministry of Welfare At the meeting, Ilze Kurme, Head of ESF Project “Development of Professional Social Work in Local Governments” informed about the project news: The […]

Letter to the Minister of Welfare Ramona Petraviča (09.05.2019.)

The members of the Social Workers Association prepared and on 09.05.2019. sent a letter to Ramona Petraviča, the Minister of Welfare, summarizing the issues raised by the Association General Assembly. After receiving the letter, the members of the association have been invited to a meeting with the Minister on 17.06.2019. In the Board meeting held […]

Latvian Social Workers’ Association Opinion on Targeted Grants to Social Workers who work with families with children (11.02.2019.)

The Social Workers’ Association has been informed that the state budget draft for 2019 does not provide for a monthly subsidy for the monthly salary of social workers who work with families and children. That is why the association on 11.02.2019. sent a letter to the Ministry of Welfare and to the Social and Labor […]

16.11.2018 The Social Workers’ Association organized an annual conference

Video is available in Latvian version of the website here. 16.11.2018 Social Workers Association organized the annual conference, which theme this year was “Social work in the institution.” Conference with reports spoke of social work professionals in the field and the heads of social service organizations. The conference was opened by Linda Ozola, chairwoman of […]

The meeting of the Ministry of Social Welfare Working group with agenda ‘Review of Social Worker’s Code of Ethics’

The meeting took place on January 17, 2018. Sandra Darkevica, who is the member of the board of SWA, participated in this meeting, which started to update The Code of Ethics of social workers in Latvia. The Methodological Management and Control department organized the meeting. The Departament of Welfare and Social Work of Riga Stardini […]

The meeting of the Ministry of Social Welfare Council of Cooperation of Social Work specialists on December 20, 2017

The Council discussed a number of important issues in social work field. 1. The need to update the Code of Ethics for social workers; ethical principles, values and norms; ethical qualities of social worker; ethical guidelines for professional conduct of employees. It was said that the Code of Ethics should be updated as much as […]

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