Department of Social Work

About Social Work

The Social Work profession in South Africa

Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. This can mean providing direct services to people in their homes or places of work, helping people through social service organizations, and working for policy change to improve social conditions.

Social workers help clients deal not only with how they feel about a situation but also with what they can do about it.

What is the value of the social work profession in society?

Communities needs social workers. We have people in need, who will always require professionals like social workers. After studying Social Work, you may decide that a profession directly related to the subject area is not for you. Skills that are developed through Social Work courses will be valued by many employers in different sectors, however. These skills include communicating, problem solving, empathy, team work and time management.

Last modified: 2018/08/06