Social Work Analysis

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The International Federation of Social Workers defines Social work as ‘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 knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing’. (IFSW, 2014). While quite long winded and very broad, this definition does give an overview of the profession but there are also many conflicting views what social work should look like in practice. For this…show more content…
(Midgley and Conley, 2010). I do not agree with their belief and would argue that Mental Health Social workers are at the forefront of mental health services and may be the catalyst to change in relation to influencing policy and campaigning for service user rights. Take for example the Think Ahead programme which I am part of, this is an exciting and new fast track programme into Mental Health social work designed to produce future leaders who will ‘empower people to achieve change in their lives through personal support, community action and standing up for legal rights’ (Acton and Joseph, 2017). Payne 2005 states that ‘workers contribute to how social work is constructed, because what they do in social work becomes social work through the process of social construction’ (Payne, 2005, p.8). I feel this is an extremely valid and insightful as it shows that the way social workers operate can help define social work itself, which in turn is having an impact on wider society and how people view the role of social work

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