What does social work mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. social work(noun)

    any of various services designed to aid the poor and aged and to increase the welfare of children


  1. social work(Noun)

    Any of several professions concerned with providing social services to those members of the community that need it.


  1. Social work

    Social work is a professional and academic discipline that seeks to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of an individual, group, or community by intervening through research, policy, community organizing, direct practice, and teaching on behalf of those afflicted with poverty or any real or perceived social injustices and violations of their human rights. Research is often focused on areas such as human development, social policy, public administration, psychotherapy, program evaluation, and international and community development. Social workers are organized into local, national, continental and international professional bodies. Social work, an interdisciplinary field, includes theories from economics, education, sociology, medicine, philosophy, politics, anthropology, and psychology.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Social Work

    The use of community resources, individual case work, or group work to promote the adaptive capacities of individuals in relation to their social and economic environments. It includes social service agencies.

Editors Contribution

  1. social work

    A range of local, regional or national professional qualified people, agencies, organizations and services working in partnership to empower an individual and their family if relevant, to change and to improve their career, choices, education, finances, income level, literacy, lifestyle, numeracy, opportunities, training, skills, standard of living and understanding so they can develop and grow as an individual and family.

    The are a range of local, regional and national organizations that work together and contribute to social work to empower individuals and their families to improve their lives.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of social work in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of social work in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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