Definition of social work in English:

social work

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noun

[mass noun]
Work carried out by trained personnel with the aim of alleviating the conditions of those people in a community suffering from social deprivation.
More example sentences
  • When not studying for her degree in social work, she visits schools and community centres to spread her message.
  • She was housebound in her third floor flat and cared for by a devoted husband who accepted little help from social work or community nursing.
  • Interestingly, Shiv says his ambition is to do social work and help people.

Derivatives

social worker

noun
More example sentences
  • There are too few children's social workers and they are overstretched.
  • The government is taking steps to help social workers identify and prevent cases of child abuse.
  • With the support of social workers, Lauren moved back home with her mum and for a while they could live together.

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