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Social workers’ roles have grown to include crisis management as well as roles of empowerment and advocacy. Social workers can empower communities by encouraging individuals to take an active role in shaping social services, providing education programs and enabling economic independence long-term.
Here are four ways social workers are making a difference in your community.
- Working with marginalized individuals. As a social worker, many your clients are going to be people who might feel as though they’ve been completely shunned by society.
- Offering more perspectives.
- Being a voice.
- Letting people know someone cares.
How might social workers improve lives of vulnerable people?
Social workers work with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in society, promoting their rights, challenging inequalities and improving the quality of their lives.
Social workers help relieve people’s suffering, fight for social justice, and improve lives and communities. Most people think of social workers when they think of poverty alleviation and child welfare. Many social workers do that kind of work — and we do much more.
The role of a community social worker is to unite members of these groups to work toward a common goal, so the community can function effectively. Those working within the field of community social work may conduct needs assessments, plan or administer programs, or allocate resources to the community.
How can social workers help poverty?
Municipal social workers directly have a relevant role in reducing social exclusion. These are people who facilitate co-participation of a client in improving own living quality in the longer-term by offering social services and assistance most appropriate to client’s needs and resources.