Advocacy takes many shapes when it comes to social work.
It can be on a personal level: advocating for a victim of abuse in a domestic violence situation, for example.
In some countries, children can be imprisoned for common crimes.
In some countries, like Iran or China, criminals can even be sentenced to capital punishment for crimes committed while they were children (the United States abandoned the practice in 2005).
Child and family social workers, clinical social workers, health care social workers and mental health and substance abuse social workers represent the main specialties in social work.
On a daily basis, social workers perform myriad tasks relating to counseling, administrative duties, interviewing clients and potential clients, meeting with lawyers and more.
On a normal day, a social worker’s schedule generally includes some of the following.
Meeting with clients doesn’t just mean interviewing them or checking in on their progress.
UNICEF definesthe set of laws, policies, regulations and services needed across all social sectors – especially social welfare, education, health, security and justice – to support prevention and response to protection-related risks.
These systems are part of social protection, and extend beyond it.