Who social workers are

Definition of Social Work

Social Work is an Applied or Behavioural Sciences profession that promotes human rights,
Social Justice, Peace and conflict resolutions, engendering social change, problem solving
and sustainable development in human relationships focusing on empowerment and liberation
of people and enhancing the well-being of individuals, family, groups and Communities;
utilising theories of human behaviour and social systems. Social Work intervenes at the
points where people interact with their environments, principles of human rights and social
Justice are fundamental to Social Work.
The Social Work profession is committed to maximizing the wellbeing of individuals and
society. We consider that individual and societal wellbeing is strengthened by socially
inclusive communities that emphasize principles of social justice and respect for human
dignity and human rights, including the right to freedom from intimidation and exclusion.
Social Work Draws on theories of Social work, social sciences, psychology, sociology,
humanities and Indigenous knowledge, Social workers focus on the interface between the
individual and the environment and recognise the impact of social, economic and cultural
factors on the health and wellbeing of individuals, family and communities. Hence, Social
Workers maintain a dual focus in both assisting with and improving human wellbeing; and
addressing any external issues (known as systemic or structural issues) that may impact on
wellbeing, such as inequality, injustice and discrimination.

Who Social Workers are

Social workers are Professionals, trained specifically in Social work disciplines to build
partnerships among other professionals working within the field of psychosocial
intervention, caregivers and families; collaborating with the community, usually with the goal
of creating supportive environments for clients or service users, advocating for adequate
service, treatment models and resources; changing social policy to address issues of poverty,
employment, housing and social justice; and supporting the development of preventive
programmes for the less privilege. Social workers focus on early intervention, treatments,
and post treatment with individuals, groups and the general public through education,
advocacy and improving access to services, resources and information. (ISOWN, 2017)

What Social Workers do

Qualified Social Workers intervene by breaking the circle of crises, helping people change
their lives and Communities; they focus on individuals, groups and Communities in crises
working with him or them to find inherent solutions. Social workers are supporting
connections in Communities designed to last people’s whole lifetimes, working even beyond services. Social workers can work with a range of vulnerable people or choose to focus on
one client group or area of focus. These include:

  1. People adopting or fostering children
  2. refugees and asylum seekers
  3. Internally displaced persons
  4. children care and support services
  5. People experiencing domestic violence and family support services
  6. People living with HIV/AIDS and other Communicable challenges
  7. people with housing difficulties or who are homeless
  8. People with learning difficulties, mental health problems or physical and sensory
  9. People with substance abuse issues
  10. People at the end of their lives
  11. Medical social welfare services
  12. Correctional services
  13. Rehabilitations services
  14. Hospices for older persons and special persons
  15. Youths and Sports
  16. Rural and Community Development services
  17. Agricultural extension services
  18. People who are bereaved
  19. Veterans of the military and para-military and their families
  20. Seafarers (Maritime workers) on sea and their families
  21. Offshore workers and their families
  22. Victims of disasters and communal crises
  23. Corporate Social Responsibility of Companies to the Community
  24. People who are denied justice
  25. Prisoners and people on parole
  26. Industries and Industrial workers including Pensioners/Retirees
  27. Schools and Educational facilities
  28. Alternative dispute resolution services
  29. Helping communities access resources and organize people to benefit sustainably.