Community work/community development is a unique and distinct professional practice which is comprised of both a task and a process. The task is social change, to achieve equality, social justice and human rights and the process is the application of principles of participation, empowerment and collective decision making in a coordinated and structured way.
Community Work is based on a set of values that are interdependent and intersectional with considerable cross-over between the knowledge, skills and qualities required and inherent in all of them.
All Ireland Standards for Community Work
The All Ireland Standards for Community Work were published by AIEB in 2016 following a review of the document Towards Standards for Quality Community Work to provide the foundation and guiding framework for community development in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.