Department of Social Work

What students say

We asked a group of Unisa social work students to identify the attributes of a good social worker. According to them a good social worker has:

  • A sound theoretical and practical knowledge base, and undergoes continuing professional training.
  • Effective intervention and administrative skills.
  • A clear set of values that results in ethical behaviour by showing respect to all clients, adhering to confidentiality, being non-judgmental towards all clients, allowing all clients self-determination, and aligning their personal values and professional values.
  • An attitude of service – he/she has the desire to help people, is patient, friendly and kind, is able to set boundaries, is willing to give time to clients, is willing to learn from clients, and is aware of negativity and the misuse of power.

Last modified: 2018/08/06