Empowerment of Socially and Biologically Vulnerable People Is One of the Crucial Role of Social Workers

Dr. Ghoncheh Raheb, Head of the Social Work Department at the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences (USWR) said that social workers plan and implement necessary interventions for two groups of people in the community:


1.     Empowering socially and biologically vulnerable individuals and their families for social integration and returning the vulnerable person to the community

2.     Prevention of social vulnerabilities in the community

The national conference to commemorate "Social Worker Day" was held in Department of Social Work at the USWR and it was a special scientific event for students, researchers, and faculty members of the USWR both in person and online webinar (via the link: connect.uswr.ac.ir/sw-meeting).

Empowerment of people with MS (multiple sclerosis), children with cancer, people with spinal cord injury and their families, individuals with addiction, people with psychiatric disorders and their families, as well as victims of accidents and disasters, are some of the topics included in this webinar.

She considered social vulnerabilities as one of the main problems in this country which can be prevented by active intervention of social workers in the social health sector.

Dr. Masoomeh Maarefvand, a faculty member in the Department of Social Work said that one of the specialized topics in social work is "case management "; if there is no inter-sectoral cooperation in the process of supportive interventions, the case management will be disrupted. Inter-sectoral cooperation strengthens and synergizes the social support, because it is not possible for an organization to carry out all aspects of the support process. Hence, inter-sectoral coordination can augment this process and return the vulnerable person back to the community and normal life.

She added that unfortunately, some organizations with disregard for the integrated process pursue their own organizational goals instead through social workers, which may lead to bigger challenges with inappropriate decisions, interventions and which thus, may endanger the client's conditions.

 Currently, in the developing countries of the world, social work specialists assume vital roles in the support, education and service sectors such as the judiciary board/system and schools. In Iran, the professional potential of social workers can be extended to juvenile and family courts, and the prisons organization. In addition, the presence of social workers in schools will be effective in preventing social vulnerabilities among children and adolescents.



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