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

posted Jun 1, 2013, 11:04 AM by Colette Farrugia Bennett   [ updated Jun 1, 2013, 11:04 AM by Maltese Association of Social Workers ]
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.
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