Institute for the Development of Social Services (IRSS) Founded in 1998 by an ordinance of Poland’s Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Institute for the Development of Social Services (IRSS) is a research and training institute providing a wide range of expert assistance for social work personnel and the wider social-policy community. Drawing on the expertise of leading social policymakers, theoreticians and practitioners, our work spans training courses, policy research and analysis, and publishing. We remain Poland’s only research institute with a focus on social work. Our mission is to inform policy debate and contribute to good social work and social policy by:
We are also an institution appointed by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy to make formal decisions concerning the validation of qualifications necessary for the EU-member state citizens to be employed as social workers under the Polish regulations.
We run training courses in social policy and social work targeted mainly at frontline and management-level social work staff. Our offer includes various courses devoted to selected problems in welfare provision and social work, as well as statutory courses:
• first-degree specialization in social work• second-degree specialization in social work• organization of welfare provision. We also offer custom-tailored training courses for individual organizations or entities.
We publish three specialist periodicals: Praca Socjalna (Social Work) and Niepełnosprawność i Rehabilitacja (Disability and Rehabilitation) are scientific, peer-reviewed journals, published on a bi-monthly and quarterly basis, respectively, presenting the latest empirical, theoretical, legal and policy developments in their respective policy domains. Problemy Opiekuńczo-Wychowawcze (Problems in Childcare and Upbringing) is a monthly publication focusing on the current issues in childcare and education policy. We also publish a book series, Ex Libris Pracownika Socjalnego (Social Worker Library), featuring important contributions to the theory and practice of social work and welfare provision.
In the recent years we have taken part in a number of projects and programmes, including: