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 Activism and its Manifestations in Social Work Profession in Romania – Between Conceptualisation and Practice?

  • Ionuţ Cioarţă (University of Strathcly de Lord Hope Building, School of Social Work and Social Policy, 141 St James Road G4 0LT, Glasgow, E-mail:

Re-established almost three decades ago, after the fall of the Communist period, the profession of social work in Romania has been facing a range of challenges such as developing a new institutional and legal framework, social and economic transition, austerity measures, limited coverage of social services, lack of professionals from rural area, an uncertain image of the profession in mainstream society and lack of professional identity. Additionally, taking into consideration the new global challenges that affect the profession globally (human trafficking, the refugee crisis, environment issues), reinforces the need for social workers to find new strategies to manage these new social claims. In this respect, seeking international community reactions, activism can be considered a viable option to respond and find feasible solutions to many of these emerging challenges. However, considering the current situation in Romania, the activist approach is also a challenge because of the social, cultural, and institutional barriers faced by social workers. This paper presents a preliminary snapshot of activism in Romania, including the conceptualisation of activism among social workers, its potential effects in practice, motivations and barriers encountered by social workers, and stakeholders involved in social work activism.

Keywords: ocial work activism, Romanian social work, social media activism