Characteristics Of A Social Worker Essay

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Do you have the qualities to become a great social worker? Here are views from service users of a good social worker:
• Respectful
• Punctual
• Reliable
• Trustworthy
• Friendly
• Empathic
• Honest
• Pragmatic
Horner (cited from Reform Focus Groups, 2002)
If you have some or all of these qualities then social worker could be the job for you.

This leaflet is going to discuss the main ideas of social work. It will cover different topic areas such as concepts, history, values and ethics, theory, intervention and good social work practice for example anti-discriminatory practice. To understand what being a social worker is about it may be useful to learn a definition of social work. According to an article ‘What is social work?’ By R, Truell (2014, p1) examines the newest definition, by the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and the International Association of Schools 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.” To summarise the aim is to help those in need, to give control and freedom to choose how they live their lives. To bring people together, applying the law, ideas and experience on how to help people while treating everyone equally. Payne (2014, PP3-4) there are three main objectives of social work which is empowerment, social change and problem-solving.
The history of Social Work has not always…

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