Social work is an academic discipline and a profession within human services. Its main goal is to assist individuals, families and communities with their needs and solve their problems using a multidisciplinary approach. Social work in its various forms, addresses the multiple and complex transactions between people and their environments and aims at enabling all people to develop their full potentials, enrich their lives, and prevent dysfunctions.
Human rights and social justice are the philosophical underpinnings of social work practice. The uniqueness of social work practice is in the blend of some particular values, knowledge and skills, including the use of relationship as the basis of all interventions and respect for the client’s choice and involvement. Today, social workers are not only the bridge, linking clients to other helpers, they also provide their clients with hope and encourage them towards a happier life. Its auspices may be voluntary, governmental or combination of both.