Social Work As A Practice Based Profession

1452 Words Sep 10th, 2015 6 Pages
“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. Social work engages people and structures to address life changes and enhance wellbeing”. In 2009/10 over 600,000 children were referred to social services, highlighting the importance of social work; however there are some cases in the media that suggests that sometimes Social Work isn’t as effective as some people think. There are 7 different Social Work specialities:
1. Child, family and school social worker
2. Community social worker
3. Hospice & palliative care social worker
4. Medical and health social worker
5. Mental health & substance abuse social worker
6. Military and veterans social work
7. Psychiatric social worker
Throughout this essay I will be exploring 5 main aims that will help me come to the conclusion of whether we need social workers, these are:
1. Who are social workers?
2. When was social work introduced?
3. Social work stories in the media, what is the purpose of social work?
4. What makes social work ineffective?
History of Social Work
Social work has always been around, whether it is through small schemes or to the scale that we see today. The first signs of social work were introduced by Elizabeth Gurney Fry when she made changes to local prisons. These changes had three “core ingredients”
1. Male and female prisoners had to be accommodated separately and guards had…
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