David Jones talks from an extensive history of involvement in international social work policy and practice.
Promoting themes such as socio economic health , dignity and work , environmental change, strength of human relationships and protection of the millions of vulnerable people across continents, challenge the basic fundemental commitment of social work policy and practice.
We talk of conflict resolution, social development, the impact now and in the future of the pandemic and diversity in the workforce.
David is a Registered Social Worker with extensive national and local government, NGO sector and private sector experience. He was President of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) 2006-10. In July 2020 he completes his term as the Global Coordinator of The Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development editing global overview reports in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020. He is the COSW Representative to the Commonwealth Institutions. His doctorate in social work from Warwick University was researching the impact of quality inspection on social services.
David qualified in 1974 and was a local authority social worker. He was appointed General Secretary, British Association of Social Workers (1985-1994) and then Director of Operations, Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (1994-1999). He worked for the Audit Commission (1999-2003), Department for Education and Skills (2003-6) and the Department of Health (2006), finishing as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of children’s services with OFSTED. David retired from the Civil Service in 2010. He is on the International Advisory Board of the Global Institute of Social Work http://thegisw.org
David is a Trustee of Children and Families Across Borders (ISS-UK). He was appointed Chair of Healthwatch Northamptonshire in 2018, ensuring the voice of people who use health and social care services are heard. He is a Director of People Need People Consulting, working as a consultant, author, researcher and speaker at professional events. David was a volunteer teacher in Kenya in 1969 and initiated a young carer project in East Africa in 2002 with four Young Carers’ Fora in Nairobi in 2012, 2014 and 2017, 2019 and continued support for after school clubs for young carers north of Nairobi.
David has published and spoken extensively on social work practice, social service management and children’s services in the UK and overseas.
 Jones, D. N. and R. Truell (2012). “The Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: A place to link together and be effective in a globalized world.” International Social Work 55 (4): 454-472.
 Jones, D. N. (2020) “The Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development. Fourth report: strengthening the importance of human relationships” Rhinefelden, Switzerland, IFSW https://www.ifsw.org/product/books/global-agenda-for-social-work-and-social-development-4th-report/