The modern, international profession of social work was born in the context of war. The relationships that emerged between social workers of different countries during and after the First World War was marked by their united actions for peace, their responses to the millions of refugees and their roles building new societies (Shields, 2017). Yet following this birth the profession was then parented by people who seemed blind to the role of social work in situations of war. Today there is not a single globally endorsed professional social work policy that affirms or supports the role of the social workers in situations of military conflict. There are no agreed social work practice guidelines and little recognition of one of the hardest and most important social work roles on earth.