Apr 18, 2017
Document by Edwin de Boevé, director of Dynamo International and Bruxelles Laïque board member
We have seen the duty of confidentiality being undermined in the centres publics d’action sociale (public centres for social welfare) in Belgium, with the fight against terrorism being put forward as the pretext, the children’s rights officer being robustly challenged in parliament when presenting his 2016 annual report, and we have also observed the work of human rights activists worldwide being criminalized. In some cases significant cuts have been made to the resources allocated to social work in Europe as part of the austerity measures implemented over the past five years. So, is social work in turmoil? Is this vast field, which develops solidarity between human beings, helps people to live together and enables people to talk to each other, being misused and even distorted?