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Briefing Paper on the Definition of the Social Service Workforce

This briefing paper, developed by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, provides a formal definition of the social service workforce as well as additional information on the roles, titles, and diversity of the workforce.

The Alliance's formal definition fo the workforce is: The social service workforce is an inclusive concept referring to a broad range of governmental and nongovernmental professionals and paraprofessionals who work with children, youth, adults, older persons, families and communities to ensure healthy development and well-being. The social service workforce focuses on preventative, responsive and promotive services that are informed by the humanities and social sciences, Indigenous knowledges, discipline-specific and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, and ethical principles. Social service workers engage people, structures and organizations to: facilitate access to needed services, alleviate poverty, challenge and reduce discrimination, promote social justice and human rights, and prevent and respond to violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect and family separation.

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