Skip to Main Content

Social Work

Background Information

Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work.  Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledges, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.  --International Federation of Social Workers

Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. --National Association of Social Workers

Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives --United States, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Background information is encyclopedia information that provides context for future studies but is not included or cited in academic writing.