International Federation of Social Workers

The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) is an international professional organization for social workers. The society consists of 84 national chapters, divided into five regional groups, and has over 480,000 members. The goal of this body is to promote the profession of social work and the organization of professional social workers to facilitate their work through international cooperation. The current president is David N. Jones of the United Kingdom.


The organization began as the International Permanent Secretariat of Social Workers in Paris in 1928. This group became inactive after the onset of World War II. During the International Conference of Social Work of 1950 in Paris, the organization was reorganized as the International Federation of Social Workers. Originally, seven national social worker organizations agreed to become members. However, this new association was not officially founded until 1956 at the International Conference on Social Welfare in Munich, Germany.

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