Working Definition: Context, Essence
(What it is), Function (What it does)
Essence
Social work is the science-profession of social well being
functioning. Social work has a distinct “person-in-environment”
domain of practice and defining purpose that is directed to
social well being, individual and communal.
The central focus of social work is on societal relationships that
advance distributive justice and well being for all.
Value-guided and evidence-based knowledge and methods of
enabling others that are derived from the sciences (including
social work), humanities and human experience inform the
function of social work.