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09th July 2013

PR 04/2013

 

MASW Values Human Rights

The Maltese Association of Social Workers (MASW) believes in respect for human rights irrespective of one’s age, disability, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation. Therefore, when faced with the issue of African migrants, amongst others, MASW is saddened with the hardships and suffering of these people, as well as the difficulties for the Maltese Government to offer them the necessary safety and protection. Notwithstanding the limited resources, the MASW strongly believes that blocking and deporting of migrants who are in search for humanitarian protection goes against their basic human rights. The MASW welcomes the interim measure taken by the European Court of Human Rights to block the push back of these migrants. Moreover, the MASW appeals to the European Union States to provide Malta and other affected States with the necessary support and sharing of the responsibility of the welfare of migrants and their future.

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21st June 2013

PR 04/2013

MASW RESPECTS GENDER AND SEXUAL DIVERSITY

The Maltese Association of Social Workers (MASW) acknowledges gender and sexual diversity within society. The Social Work profession is based on various values, including acceptance, maintaining a non-judgemental attitude, and viewing service users as individuals whilst respecting their own life experience. Therefore, the philosophy of the MASW is to accept every individual irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

The MASW encourages social workers and other helping professionals to apply an affirmative approach in their interventions with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) service users. This method values all forms of gender and sexual diversities equally as natural and normal attributes.

The MASW appeals to civil society to embrace members of the LGBT community as equals, and celebrate the differences rather than condemning them. Members of the Executive Committee of the MASW shall participate in this year’s Pride March being organised by the Malta Gay Rights Movement to convey a strong message of affirmation to and in support of the LGBT community in Malta. All social workers are invited to join MASW for this year’s Pride March on Saturday 22nd June at 10:30am at Great Siege Square, Valletta.


The below images are placards that shall be used for the Pride March by the social workers participating. If you want to print your own copy and bring it with you click here

 

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The Maltese Association of Social Workers supports Pride March 2013


MASW would like to announce that it received an invite to participate in this year's Pride March organised by the Malta Gay Rights Movement on Saturday 22nd June 2013. The executive committee has accepted the invitation shall be attending their very first Pride March to send out a strong message of affirmation to the LGBT community in Malta.


MASW believes that all sexual orientations and gender identities are of equal value, and the rights of LGBT persons should be respected. MASW also believes that education is key to challenge homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.


MASW will be marching together with pride and in support of the LGBT community to mark the first professional association to officially participate in a local Pride March.


More information about the activity and other activities during MGRM's Pride Week can be found here: http://www.maltagayrights.org/latest.php?ref=a2013 or https://www.facebook.com/events/534774383253990/


Regards,
Colette



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Press Release
1st June 2013 

 


SILENT DEMONSTRATION AGAINST VIOLENCE ON SOCIAL WORKERS (AND OTHER HELPING PROFESSIONALS)

Following the recent alleged violent aggression on two social workers of the Richmond Foundation, the Maltese Association of Social Workers (MASW) will be organizing a silent demonstration in order to show solidarity towards its fellow colleagues whilst simultaneously raising awareness that violence towards social workers and other helping professionals is not tolerated.

For this purpose the MASW will be holding a demonstration near Café Cordina, in Republic Street, on Monday 3rd June 2013 at 17:30 (those interested in participating should start gathering thirty minutes earlier). This demonstration is scheduled to take place right before the next Parliamentary sitting on the same day at 18:00. The Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity (Hon. Dr. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca) and the Shadow Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity (Hon. Dr. Chris Said) will be informed of the activity in order for them to listen to our concerns. The press will also be invited for the event so as to receive our comments.

The MASW believes that a number of Social Work professionals will be present for this demonstration, especially since this is a crucial point for social workers and other helping professionals. The MASW will also be submitting a formal report along with its recommendations to the Minister and Shadow Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity.

Whilst the MASW urges the attendance of all social workers and other helping professionals to join in this silent demonstration, it also draws to the attention of the attendees that this is not a political activity or a platform for unruly behaviour.



Press Release
29th May 2013 

VIOLENCE ON WORKERS IN SOCIAL SERVICES

The Maltese Association of Social Workers (MASW) is concerned about the alleged incident that took place on Sunday 26th May 2013 in the whereabouts of the residence of K.I.D.S. Programme of Richmond Foundation. In this incident, Social Workers Mr Holger Saliba and Mr Andrew Barberi were victims of physical and verbal aggressive behaviour which led to Mr Saliba suffering injuries that left him unconscious and had to be hospitalised at Mater Dei Hospital. Information that has reached the Association transpires that the aggressor is a mother who has children protected by a Care Order and these are employees of this therapeutic setting for children. Such aggressive behaviour leaves a negative emotional and psychological impact not only on these two workers, but also on the other workers within Richmond Foundation. Moreover, such situations are issues of major concern to all social workers and other helping professionals working for the benefit of their clients, especially vulnerable children.

It is a known fact that within almost all the social work services, social workers are often exposed to threats, verbal abuse and sometimes are victims of physical aggression by service users. The MASW is very concerned for the welfare, safety and security of social workers and other helping professionals, even though the authorities concerned have taken the necessary action against the aggressor. Furthermore, this leaves a negative effect on both the personal and professional development of social workers, whose main aim is to safeguard the best interest of the service users.

 

The Maltese Association of Social Workers categorically condemns such abusive behaviour towards social workers and other helping professionals, while it also appeals for more respect towards such professionals. The MASW requests the Authorities to continue to take concrete action when faced with such abusive and aggressive attitudes and behaviours to minimize risks on workers. The MASW calls for dialogue and further discussion with the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity on the risks undertaken by social workers in their practice and other complementary workers. The aim is to create a strategy and systems that give more protection to social workers.

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Friday, March 2, 2012 - Press Release - MASW

On Monday 26th February, The Maltese Association of Social Workers (MASW) held a meeting with the Minister of Justice, Dialogue and the Family at his request with the specific agenda being the recent cuts envisaged in the social support services sector, namely, the Agencies, Sapport, Appogg and Sedqa.

The media had reacted immediately to these cuts and it was therefore of paramount importance that the MASW make its views known to the Minister as early as possible; in this way, he would be in a position to express his decisions and the reasoning behind them, whereas we, as the Association that safeguards the interests of the Social Work profession in Malta and Gozo would reiterate our position, which was, is and will be that these cuts can only be detrimental to our members, their service users and the profession as a whole. This, particularly so, when as recently as last January the Finance Ministry announced that such cutbacks (budget adjustments) will not have any impact on social services amongst other areas.

The meeting was cordial and the Minister has expressed his wish for a further meeting with the Association to further amplify these concerns. The Association will be convening its Executive this week to discuss the situation and has already outreached to its members to gather their reactions on the current situation at their place of work and how this measure will effect both them and the service they offer their service users.

Finally, the MASW believes that these Agencies are essential to the social fibre of our country and, many times, social workers engaged in this work are stretched to the limit and find it extremely difficult to deliver the kind of service they would wish to deliver because of mounting case-loads and increased referrals.

Unfortunately this situation is rendering an additional decrease in resources utilised by the social workers for and with their service users, while the expectation for providing an optimal service and outcome of that work is forever on the increase.

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