By: Sania Batool
Practicing the values of service and social justice in the social work profession is not enough; a social worker must encourage the client to want to make change is their life by helping them understand their potential. Change cannot be effected until the individual learns to address what needs to be done in their own life. It is important that the social worker be conscientious when helping a person identify their needs because each individual is different. The differentiation is based on situational, cultural, ethnic diversity, and intellectual abilities. A social worker must exercise the essential value of recognizing the importance of human relationships. Society will not rise above prejudice and achieve equality until people understand that their actions and beliefs affect the wellbeing of others. People act on misrepresentations of others because they believe what they perceive to be true, which is often not the case. It is not until people embrace the subjective nature of relationships that they will find it easier to relate to other people. We must find strength in human interaction and use these it to our advantage to fight and bring awareness to causes that improve the social welfare of all.
The role of a social worker should be to shield vulnerable people, develop relationships and where possible help families to stay together while sticking to these guidelines. They should also support people to enable them to live a happy life as possible. Social workers work as part of multi-disciplinary teams with other professions such as education, health and probation services. This is to make sure that all aspects of the service users life is taken into consideration when help is being discussed. If this is completed effectively no aspect of the service users life if left without any help if it is needed. Social workers work in various different organizations. Some work for local authorities in children and adult services departments there are also social workers working in hospitals and the voluntary and private sector.