Strengthening the skills of social workers in a Europe in crisis


1/9/2022 – 31/08/2025 (36 months)

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Empowering EU social workers: The key skills to tackle job duties and challenges

In the social work field, Europe still has to harmonise training, action modalities and sometimes even training content. The areas of intervention are relatively homogeneous, but the methods and tools of action are disparate. Such discrepancies are due to the nature of the purpose of social work since outlining the scope of social work is a thorny issue in many countries. However, the concept has equivalents in most European countries.

European social workers share many challenges: the increase in the number of poor workers, the ageing of the population, the issues linked to ethnocultural diversity, health crises and wars. Higher education and training are a must for professionals working for European social inclusion.

The foremost rationale for this project is the urgent need to increase the skills of professionals in the face of Europe’s difficulties in welcoming, integrating and caring for an increasingly precarious and “invisible” population. Another project’s primary goal is to link higher education with the social professions.

The SISWEC project is committed to preparing future social workers for the new needs of a Europe in crisis and harmonising training in a dual approach of academic excellence and social relevance. The project roll-out foresees the development of coherent training plans to teach new professional skills to social workers across the EU.


  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • France
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Portugal


  • Erasmus+ (European Commission) KA220-HED - Cooperation partnerships in higher education


Characterise the new social situations in a Europe in crisis and describe the consequences of social action.

Identify the training contents to be developed to improve the university training of social workers.

Build specific training to attend to social change and the new needs by introducing an ethical and civic interprofessional perspective in social action.

Identify good training practices for the field of social action.

Build a European higher education platform focused on social work.

Train the teams of trainers of the partner organisations for dissemination.

Expected outcomes

Definition of crisis - harmonisation.

Identification and characterisation of best practices in training.

Identification of new skills in the training and professional referential.

A Learning Management System (LMS): A web-based platform to host training materials and support joint distance learning actions.

E-learning content development and multimedia design aimed at trainers of social workers, based on the recommendations of social action institutions to improve the relevance of public policies.

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