Social workers to increase by 1.45 million
China has set a target of training 1.45 million social workers by 2020 to promote the country’s social services, a social work administration official said.
“To fill the gap, we are going to work with educational departments to encourage more universities to open social work programs and to recruit more students,” said Huang Shengwei, deputy director-general of the Department of Social Work at the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Minister of Civil Affairs Li Liguo said that the country has graduated 500,000 professional social workers and created more than 180,000 social work jobs.
There are 4,686 private social work institutions in the country, Li said, adding that poverty alleviation is the central task of professional social work.