Dr M De Jager is a Proudly South African Social Worker who consults from 7 Margenzicht, Duban Road in Durbanville, Cape Town.
Social workers are professionals who strive to improve the quality of life for individuals and groups in communities through research, policy, crisis intervention, community intervention and direct practice. Social workers work with groups individuals that are affected by poverty and other forms of social injustices and violations of their basic human rights.
Social work is a field that encompasses numerous other fields including economics, education, sociology, law, medicine philosophy, politics anthropology and psychology.
The International Federation of Social Workers states, of social work today, that:
“Social work bases its methodology on a systematic body of evidence-based knowledge derived from research and practice evaluation, including local and indigenous knowledge specific to its context. It recognizes the complexity of interactions between human beings and their environment, and the capacity of people both to be affected by and to alter the multiple influences upon them including bio-psychosocial factors. The social work profession draws on theories of human development, social theory and social systems to analyze complex situations and to facilitate individual, organizational, social and cultural changes.”
Social workers work in a variety of different setting including:
- School boards
- Family services agencies
- Children’s aid agencies
- General and psychiatric hospitals
- Correctional institutions
- Welfare administration agencies
- Federal and provincial departments