Definition of social work in English:

social work


mass noun
  • Work carried out by trained personnel with the aim of alleviating the conditions of those people in a community suffering from social deprivation.

    • ‘The Scottish Executive is preparing a major recruitment campaign to attract more young people into social work.’
    • ‘Henry's been helping develop the field of social work in Bulgaria for the past few years.’
    • ‘In social work, you're at the sharp end of dealing with people's troubles.’
    • ‘Rehabilitative measures are supposed to lie in the domain of charitable social work.’
    • ‘Her stint at a publishing firm did not last long, perhaps because she was always innately attuned to social work.’
    • ‘She said that the peace march with her father changed her perspective on life and that is when she started social work.’
    • ‘She gained her first degree in psychology and second in psychiatry and clinical social work.’
    • ‘Akhila Srinivas said that social work and her association with street children kept her going.’
    • ‘She was housebound in her third floor flat and cared for by a devoted husband who accepted little help from social work or community nursing.’
    • ‘Clare Britton began her career in social work in 1941 with troubled evacuees in an Oxfordshire hostel.’
    • ‘When not studying for her degree in social work, she visits schools and community centres to spread her message.’
    • ‘This led to a 20-year career in residential social work, caring for hundreds of youngsters.’
    • ‘Following her family's wishes Grace become involved in social work among poor people in London.’
    • ‘Interestingly, Shiv says his ambition is to do social work and help people.’
    • ‘He has no training in social work and denied the town had a problem until his own family suffered a drug-related death.’
    • ‘She was critical of social work as it was being defined within an increasingly bureaucratic culture.’
    • ‘Clearly more research is needed to clarify the potential contributions of social work to chronic disease management.’
    • ‘My mother has had a number of interesting jobs, from running businesses to social work.’
    • ‘The National Union of Teachers cautioned against blurring the roles between education and social work.’
    • ‘It is neither political ambition nor the desire to win awards that tempted him to take to active social work.’


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