Social workers assist people by helping them cope with issues in their everyday lives, deal with their relationships, and solve personal and family problems. Some social workers help clients who face a disability or a life-threatening disease or a social problem, such as inadequate housing, unemployment, or substance abuse. Social workers also assist families that have serious domestic conflicts, sometimes involving child or spouse abuse. Some social workers conduct research, advocate for improved services, engage in systems design or are involved in planning or policy development. Many social workers specialize in serving a particular population or working in a specific setting. FUNCTIONS
Social work aims to maximize the development of human potential and the fulfilment of human needs, through an equal commitment to: Working with and enabling people to achieve the best possible levels of personal and social well-being; and working to achieve social justice through social development and social change. This involves: Upholding people’s interests and rights
•Working with individuals, groups and communities in the pursuit and achievement of equitable access to social, economic and political resources •Providing assistance to improve the well-being of clients. (Clients are individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations and societies, especially those who are neglected, vulnerable, disadvantaged or have exceptional needs) •Raising awareness of structural inequities
•Promoting policies and practices that achieve a fair allocation of social resources •Acting to bring about social change to reduce social barriers, inequality and injustice.