Social work is a practice as well as a growing profession that aims to bring about a change in society. The change can be in the form of new developments or transformation in the existing systems, empowerment of people and communities at large. Social work includes the understanding of human behavior, human development, social, economic, and cultural groups, and interactions.
In academics, social work has gained its importance as a practice-based discipline and program that focuses on the development of individuals, families, groups, communities, and society in order to ensure the basic needs are met of the society as well as there is improved functioning of the society. It aims for collective responsibility, self-determination, and the well-being of one and all.
People who are in the social work sector follow these 6 core principles of the profession and they are service to self and others, social justice, dignity and self-worth of the individuals, the importance of human relationships, honesty, and competence. In foreign countries, mental health and substance abuse social workers are highly paid, whereas, in India, social work is seen as a side or a part-time profession to be carried out on weekends or for college students as it doesn’t pay that much as it pays in organized sector jobs. This may or may not be true as per the cities and the individual level talent and association’s spending capacity.
Social workers specialize in these settings such as administration, management advocacy, aging, developmental disabilities, healthcare, international social work, mental health, and clinical social work, and others. Social work is highly important in the 21st century because now is the time to plant the seeds of good work to end people’s suffering in the present and the long run and provide social justice.
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Social workers are known for the simple ways of living and fighting for the rights of people who are deprived to live a decent living. Many women can be seen taking an active interest and part of social work as they can empathize and understand the issues well due to their natural talent of compassion and help the community grow in the right manner.