From the International Federation of Social Workers*

The Definition of Social Work

The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being.

Utilising theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments.

Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work.

*see the IFSW web site for more information, including: commentary, values, theory & practice of social work.