Skip navigation

About Social Work

“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work.  Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.”  International Federation of Social Workers, July 2014

Social work is an interrelated system of values, theory and practice. It seeks to make a difference by working with people to understand their lived experiences and help them to develop their full potential. Social work practitioners and academics act as agents of change, collaborating to empower individuals, families and communities. 

Explore Campus Facilities

Get an insight into life at Northumbria with videos and 360 panoramas of the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing.


a sign in front of a crowd
+

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria
+

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

a person sitting at a table
+

Order your prospectus

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you.

Latest News and Features

More news

Back to top