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Defining Social Work

by Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

Defining Social Work

The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) has released a draft of their updated global definition of social work.  They are asking for your feedback.  Read the draft here and weigh-in.

The IFSW is an international body of social work associations that is recognized by the United Nations.  There goal is to strive for social justice, human rights and social development through the promotion of social work.

Defining social work is a tricky undertaking. It is a very, very, broad field and no two social work career’s look-alike.  It difficult to come up with a concise definition that is mindful of the professions diversity while not being too vague.  How do you define social work?

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Further Reading:

What is Social Work?- There are many misconceptions about what social workers do.

Why Aren’t All Social Workers Supported and Created Equal?– Debate within the profession about who is considered a social worker and who is not. Includes discussion of title protection.

Pros & Cons: Social Work & Versatility– Social work is a broad field and that is a double edged sword.




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Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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