About the conference

The concept of social work as an important means of promoting social change is based on the global definition of social work approved by the IFSW General Meeting and IASSW General Assembly in Melbourne, July 2014: “Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work.  Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.” 1

The profession is equally committed to the maintenance of social stability, insofar as such stability is not used to marginalize, exclude or oppress any particular group of persons. The social change mandate is based on the premise that social work intervention takes place when the current situation, be this at the level of the person, family, small group, community or society, is deemed to be in need of change and development.  It is driven by the need to challenge and change those structural conditions that contribute to marginalization, social exclusion and oppression.

In the individual sections of the conference we intend to address the question to what extent social work in the Czech Republic and abroad succeed in being an instrument of promoting social change.



 1 Global Definition of Social Work, IFSW < http://ifsw.org/get-involved/global-definition-of-social-work/ >


Co-host of the conference

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
The Association of Educators in Social Work


Auspices of the conference

prof. Ing. Kamil Kuča, Ph.D., Rector, University of Hradec Králové, CZ

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Chzech Republic


Conference topics

The working languages of topics 1 - 5 are Czech an Slovak language only.


Conference outputs

The output of the conference will be a electronic reviewed anthology of contributions.
The scientific board reserves the right to refuse contributions which are not relevant for the conference topic of fail to meet the formal requirements.

Languages of the international scientific conference

Czech, Slovak, English.


The venue

The lecture hall of the 3rd building of the University of Hradec Králové (The building Objekt společné výuky, 1227 Hradecká street; opposite the University hospital of Hradec Králové) and other rooms in the Object společné výuky (to be specified later).