Differences between Social Work and Social Welfare

Differences between Social Work and Social Welfare


Social welfare and social work are both terms that refer to the development and provision of public or private social services to promote social justice amongst individuals and groups of individuals. While the term social welfare refers more generally to the well-being of groups and individuals as well as the system of social service delivery, the term social work refers more specifically to the professional practice of delivering these social services. The scientific study of social welfare involves the application of physical science, social science, and technology to the goals of informing social work practice and improving human well-being.



Social Work
Social  Welfare
W.A. Friedlander said, “Social work is a professional service based upon scientific knowledge and skill in human relations, which assists individual alone or in groups to obtain social and personal satisfactions and independence.
According to Friedlander : “Social Welfare is the organized systems of social services and institutions designed to aid individuals and groups to attain satisfying standards of life and health , and personal and social relationships which permit them to develop their full capacities and to promote their well being in harmony with the needs of their families and the community.
Social work is a profession
Social welfare is a condition
social work is the work someone does to aid society (either in whole or just a segment or individual) 
 social welfare refers to the programs in place to aide people in society
A social worker may be a counselor or a person who helps the homeless for example,
but social welfare is the unemployment money or food stamps a person gets from the government.
Social work is about helping the individual to overcome difficulties they may face for an example - an older person who has recently been in hospital may need help when they return home to assist them in their daily living long or short term.
Social welfare is what the state is doing to improve social living i.e National health service, unemployment benefit, housing etc.
social work is proffesional and has acode of ethics 
WHILE social welfare is not proffesional
      Both work and receive benefits. One is the helper the other the helpee. 
      Social work is a process and social welfare is the goal

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