Our Approach

Our practice approach encompasses the overall social work values, skills and the strong social work ethical framework.

 

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The social work profession is defined as one which promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being. Utilizing theories of human behavior and social systems, social work intervenes at the point where people interact with their environments. The principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to the practice of social work.

As defined by the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), social work values continue to grow out of humanitarian and democratic ideals. The values are based on the respect for the basic rights of human beings, a sense of social responsibility, commitment to individual freedom and support for self-determination. Social workers address the needs of people, community and society through various tools and trained skills to bring about positive changes in individuals, families, groups and communities by utilizing theories of human behavior, effective communication, coordination and management abilities.

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The commitment to act ethically is an essential duty of those who deliver social work services. Social work is based on the respect for the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Central to ethical practice within the profession is the commitment to the principles of social justice, respect for and promotion of human rights and democratic governance.

These principles lead to respect for the right of self-determination, promotion of the right of participation, response to each person as a whole, recognition of the developing strengths of individuals, groups and communities and promotion of their empowerment and capacity for self-sustainability.

The social work commitment to self-help leads to pro-active beneficiaries who are fully engaged and involved. This capacity building results in sustainability. Social workers promote social justice by challenging discrimination, recognizing diversity and distributing resources equitably, challenging unjust policies and practices while working towards an inclusive society.