On Helping Vulnerable Populations

In 1980, Margaret Thatcher, the then British Prime Minister, said that one of the solutions for the problems of unemployed was for them to start undertaking social work.

This example shows that many people, including government officials, don’t really understand what social work is and how the governments actually help vulnerable populations and residents. Social work is not something that a person can do without education or training.

If you want to help your government or local community deal with the problems of vulnerable population, you can become a volunteer and there are many things you can do, from working in a soup kitchen to teaching senior citizens in a local library about how to use technology. However, if you want to help people professionally, you need much more than common sense, life experiences and time.

One of the factors that add to the complexity of the issue of helping vulnerable populations is that social work and the social role of the government are modern inventions. While some form of help did exist in the past, social work is the result of social reforms and the democratisation of the society.

The knowledge base behind helping vulnerable population keeps developing to even this day. At the same time, many of the ideas and reasons why people choose to help others and get involved with working with vulnerable population are truly timeless. They are about individual acts of charity, the desire to see others succeed and realise their full potential.

These descriptions are very broad because there are a lot of ways to help someone in need, from providing them with food to teaching them a new skill or profession to taking care of their health. Because of this, the scope of social work is incredible. This is yet another reason why the subject of helping others is so broad and complicated.

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