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What Is Social Work

Learn more about social work and what social workers do

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World Social Work Day 2023

World Social Work Day takes place on 21 March 2023. This year’s theme is ‘Respecting diversity through joint social action’ (Menghormati Kepelbagaian Melalui Tindakan Sosial Bersama). It stems from the People’s Charter for a New Eco Social World and recognises that change happens locally through our diverse leaderful communities.

#WSWD2023 provides an opportunity to acknowledge how communities can make powerful actions that lead to inclusive social transformation.

IFSW President, Joachim Mumba said, “We invite all stakeholders to a new sustainable eco social world to join with us on this journey we must all take. Together, we will bring our local and global experience to make transformative change happen”.

Global Definition of Social Work

“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. 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 knowledges, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing. The above definition may be amplified at national and/or regional levels.”

Definition of Social Work in Malaysia Context

Social work is a profession guided by a body of knowledge, values and skills, utilizing a bio-psycho-social approach, to facilitate optimal social functioning of individuals, families, groups and communities.  Social workers uphold a code of ethics and conduct based on the values of human rights and social justice.  The profession also contributes towards social development and social change through the enhancement of social policies, legislation, programmes and services, appropriate to the needs of Malaysia’s diverse socio-cultural population for a better quality of life.

Social Work in Malaysia

Social Work Is The Helping Profession

Social problems such as poverty, unemployment, unequal opportunities, racism, malnutrition, crime, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illnesses and many other issues that makes it difficult for people to achieve their full potential.

Social work is the helping profession and this is where social workers come in. With powerful knowledge and skills, social workers undertake assessment to address client's concerns to improve their quality of life.

In Malaysia, the governmental and non-governmental agencies offer social work services to the vulnerable groups in various types of settings such as health, education, housing and the justice system.

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