Working Definition: Context, Essence
(What it is), Function (What it does)
Context
The professional boundaries and global scope of social
work and social work practice are governed primarily by
sanctions and constraints of educational preparation,
ethical principles, social work statutes, legislative
regulations, code(s) of ethics, standards of care and local
case law, or some combination of the aforementioned.
The extent to which the scope of social work can be
practiced in a given society or setting is ultimately
governed by societal sanctions, moral imperatives,
organizational constraints and precedent requirements in
statutory laws or other regulatory systems