Caring for family members
● experiencing problems with family relationships and conflicts
● struggling with the challenges of growing old
● suffering serious personal troubles and mental distress
● having drug and alcohol problems
● facing difficulties as a result of disability, including feeling isolated within the community and experiencing practical problems with money or housing.
Social work is the safety net of society. Trained and qualified social workers intervene into private and/or family life in order to:
● protect individuals from harm to themselves or to others
● promote human development and security, social inclusion and participation across the lifespan.
Social work is an established professional discipline which works with other professions to play a key role in helping children, adults and families to take control of and to improve their lives in conditions where their security, safety or ability to participate in civic life are restricted. There are currently approximately 84,000 registered social workers in England.