A profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups, and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. Social work is concerned with individual and personal problems, but also with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment, and domestic violence. Definition offered by the Canadian Association of Social Workers.
Social work applies social sciences, such as sociology, psychology, political science, public health, community development, law, and economics to engage with client systems, conduct assessments, and develop interventions to solve social and personal problems and to bring about social change.