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WikiProject Social Work (Rated NA-class, Top-importance)
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What about our open tasks?Edit

Do we have any project members willing or able to address the following questions: Ursasapien (talk) 10:23, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

Do we need separate articles/sub-articles for Social Work in the U.S., Social Work in the U.K., Social Work in Australia, Social Work in Canada, Social Work in New Zealand, etc.?Edit

  • Discussion:

Do we need a separate article on Social Care?Edit

Google Scholar doesn't turn up much for this term, so I think not. Sondra.kinsey (talk) 13:58, 8 June 2017 (UTC)

Social Work as Social Resource Development, Identification, and ReferralEdit

Lately, in the United States, social work has become increasingly identified with clinical office visits and psychiatric medication recommendation and follow-up. This is really a long distance from the history of the profession, especially when, in our collective past, there have been well-established differentials between those persons in great and perpetual need versus those experiencing transient needs. Just now, a huge percentage of clinical social work involves extended care of "ambulatory care" persons who are often totally independent in terms of employment and their home lives....all the while, those with severe needs receive little more than verbalized concerns from the heart of our profession, in terms of resource development, research, and social advocacy efforts. Has anyone else noticed this "in bed with the drug companies" behavior? Homebuilding (talk) 22:12, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

Finding a home for articlesEdit

Hello WP Social Work - its good to find you. At the risk of sounding desperate, I want to find a WP that can assist with the following articles, and aside from a non-existent WP on youth studies this might be the best location for these. However, I do not want to tag a bunch of articles where they're not wanted... Any feedback would be appreciated; following are the articles: Youth voice, Youth studies, Adultism, Adultcentrism, Evolving capacities, Fear of youth, Fear of children, Youth politics, Youth leadership, Youth development, Community youth development, Positive youth development, Youth activism, Youth participation, Youth empowerment, Youth-led media, Children's rights, Timeline of children's rights in the United States, Youth rights, History of Youth Rights in the United States, Youth philanthropy, Aging out, Youth movement, Youth engagement, Youth-adult partnerships, Youth council. • Freechild'sup? 19:16, 8 May 2008 (UTC)

@Freechild: I have assessed those that I consider relevant to WikiProject Social Work (probably 25% of those you listed). Sondra.kinsey (talk) 13:57, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
@Sondra.kinsey: That's a rather limited scope of what WPSW should include, don't you think? I would like to understand better what your parameters for assessment were, and whether there is a way to appeal your decision. That said, perhaps any response is better than no response after almost a decade of waiting. • Freechild | talk to me 17:13, 25 August 2017 (UTC)
@Freechild: You're correct that social work is a broad field that could include any articles related to resisting oppression, empowerment, the needs and actions of marginalized populations, and social movements. (See Critical social work) Social Work articles on Wikipedia have a long way to go. If you're looking for assistance, I doubt tagging the pages with the WikiProject Social Work banner is going to help much. At this point, the project has a limited capacity, so I think a limited scope is warranted. Sondra.kinsey (talk) 22:16, 25 August 2017 (UTC)

Additional Important Youth TopicEdit

Has anyone else working with youth noted a general drop in life skills over the past couple of decades? Many school systems have dropped Family and Consumer Sciences (known previously as home economics) and various shop (or manual arts classes) and as a result very independent-minded youth do not have the required levels of skills that are not only useful, but essential for successful adult life? Social agencies become concerned and have limited programs when youth, totally without parents, reach the age of emancipation--and will leave foster homes, etc. Then there is the completely integrated item of parenting, in that youth exposed to the give and take by their bio mothers and fathers (plus the considerable and varied skills of each) are generally better prepared and are far less likely to experience poverty. The point being when parenting and skill-building is working well, desirable levels of independence can be successfully be attained with LESS institutional or social services involvement. That's what we want, isn't it? Homebuilding (talk) 00:40, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

social work stubsEdit

Hi, I'm not particularly involved in social work but am a regular over at Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting and have really struggled to find a relevant sorted stub type for a residential home for abused kids. I found {{socialwork-stub}}, but only by starting at Barnardos and going up and down the categories. The stubtype doesn't seem (to me) to be listed in the hierarchy at Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting/List of stubs, which might explain why not many articles are being tagged with it. I've added it now to the "Miscellaneous" category, between Philosophy and Standardisation (see what they mean by "miscellaneous"!), but perhaps there needs to be a better place in that tree. The category page Category:Social work stubs doesn't list any broader stub categories as its parents, just Category:Social work and Category:Stub categories. PamD (talk) 11:33, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Random FactEdit

Social Work has a Patron Saint: Louise de Marillac. This is the only place I could think to put such trivia. --rakkar (talk) 10:26, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Project review: cleanup and reframeEdit

Hi there, just noticing nothing has been really been updated on this page for years. It seems to me the project would benefit from consolidating - if it is ever to attract any new members - and promoting engagement.

So I am going to be bold make some changes which of course others can undo:

  1. from 'How you can help' I will remove "1. Locate pages that need attention, then add them to the tasks list." - nobody has removed a task from the task list in years.
  2. reorder the list to prioritise completion of open tasks
  3. remove "# work on projects listed." because there are no projects listed, just tasks
  4. delete the Articles for assessment because nobody is assessing them and they are too daunting - at this rate they'll never be assessed
  5. maybe add a Collapse button and do some general tidy up.

Online Social workers are probably high Facebook users which might account for the exodus away from 2007/8 on (editing information is no fun when you can be the information!) therefore perhaps this project should reframe its objectives from tying to expand to trying to improve articles.SeventhHell (talk) 14:34, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposalEdit

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:48, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Pageview statsEdit

After a recent request, I added WikiProject Social Work to the list of projects to compile monthly pageview stats for. The data is the same used by but the program is different, and includes the aggregate views from all redirects to each page. The stats are at Wikipedia:WikiProject Social Work/Popular pages.

The page will be updated monthly with new data. The edits aren't marked as bot edits, so they will show up in watchlists. You can view more results, request a new project be added to the list, or request a configuration change for this project using the Tool Labs tool. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know. Thanks! Mr.Z-man 01:48, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live!Edit

Hello everyone!

You may have received a message from me earlier asking you to comment on my WikiProject X proposal. The good news is that WikiProject X is now live! In our first phase, we are focusing on research. At this time, we are looking for people to share their experiences with WikiProjects: good, bad, or neutral. We are also looking for WikiProjects that may be interested in trying out new tools and layouts that will make participating easier and projects easier to maintain. If you or your WikiProject are interested, check us out! Note that this is an opt-in program; no WikiProject will be required to change anything against its wishes. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Note: To receive additional notifications about WikiProject X on this talk page, please add this page to Wikipedia:WikiProject X/Newsletter. Otherwise, this will be the last notification sent about WikiProject X.

Harej (talk) 16:57, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Project page issuesEdit

  • Create the required auto alert coding for the redlinks under How you can help.
  • Edit the errors that obstruct viewing content same as the source in Participants. Add hidden info for future editors where to look for the styles used and how to use them.
  • Is it possible to create a auto-bot that can welcome when they login and remind Wikipedia:WikiProject Directory/Description/WikiProject Social Work editors who have social work badges about making contributions to the task list or red-links. If so how to do it.
  • Standardize the page in a more welcoming and accessible/organized in a pro manner. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:26, 21 April 2016 (UTC) (talk) 13:29, 23 April 2016 (UTC)
May I suggest that you create an account, join the project, and help out? If you have any questions, you are always welcome to ask me on my talk page. Sam Sailor Talk! 20:36, 21 April 2016 (UTC)
I understand. Can you help-out on the above concerns. (talk) 06:23, 22 April 2016 (UTC)
I don't know what is meant by "errors that obstruct viewing content same as the source in Participants." or "organized in a pro manner." Can anyone else make sense of this? Sondra.kinsey (talk) 14:19, 8 June 2017 (UTC)

Popular pages reportEdit

We – Community Tech – are happy to announce that the Popular pages bot is back up-and-running (after a one year hiatus)! You're receiving this message because your WikiProject or task force is signed up to receive the popular pages report. Every month, Community Tech bot will post at Wikipedia:WikiProject Social Work/Popular pages with a list of the most-viewed pages over the previous month that are within the scope of WikiProject Social Work.

We've made some enhancements to the original report. Here's what's new:

  • The pageview data includes both desktop and mobile data.
  • The report will include a link to the pageviews tool for each article, to dig deeper into any surprises or anomalies.
  • The report will include the total pageviews for the entire project (including redirects).

We're grateful to Mr.Z-man for his original Mr.Z-bot, and we wish his bot a happy robot retirement. Just as before, we hope the popular pages reports will aid you in understanding the reach of WikiProject Social Work, and what articles may be deserving of more attention. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at m:User talk:Community Tech bot.

Warm regards, the Community Tech Team 17:16, 17 May 2017 (UTC)

start article about red-zoning?Edit

I was thinking of adding "red zoning" to list of Articles that need to be written, but thought I'd ask via this talk page first. Piece in The Globe and Mail about red zones. --EarthFurst (talk) 01:38, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

A new newsletter directory is out!Edit

A new Newsletter directory has been created to replace the old, out-of-date one. If your WikiProject and its taskforces have newsletters (even inactive ones), or if you know of a missing newsletter (including from sister projects like WikiSpecies), please include it in the directory! The template can be a bit tricky, so if you need help, just post the newsletter on the template's talk page and someone will add it for you.

– Sent on behalf of Headbomb. 03:11, 11 April 2019 (UTC)

Human rights commercial sexual exploitation of childrenEdit

--Sparrow (麻雀) 🐧 18:12, 19 October 2019 (UTC)


  1. ^ "The Victims & Traffickers". Polaris. 2015-10-12. Retrieved 2017-05-17.

Request for information on WP1.0 web toolEdit

Hello and greetings from the maintainers of the WP 1.0 Bot! As you may or may not know, we are currently involved in an overhaul of the bot, in order to make it more modern and maintainable. As part of this process, we will be rewriting the web tool that is part of the project. You might have noticed this tool if you click through the links on the project assessment summary tables.

We'd like to collect information on how the current tool is used! How do you yourself and the other maintainers of your project use the web tool? Which of its features do you need? How frequently do you use these features? And what features is the tool missing that would be useful to you? We have collected all of these questions at this Google form where you can leave your response. Walkerma (talk) 04:24, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

Article issuesEdit

There are comments at Talk:Jane Addams#Article issues that might be of interest to members. Otr500 (talk) 13:15, 4 January 2020 (UTC)

Help with Poverty Industrial ComplexEdit

I created Poverty Industrial Complex because I deemed it an important topic and something that people need to be aware of. However I'm sure that both linguistically and economically it need improvement. I'd be thankful of some of you could help with it. The article deals with funds meant to go towards vulnerable members of the society being misappropriated both through bureaucracies and privat for- profit contractors.--Sparrow (麻雀) 🐧 12:07, 29 February 2020 (UTC)

Aryanization compared to Affirmative actionEdit

Zezen[1] and GizzyCatBella[2] are comparing the anti-racist Affirmative action policy to the Nazi policy of Aryanization. This is deplorable, and Wikipedia should stop this!

Counselor educationEdit

This stub needs TLC. Bearian (talk) 01:30, 20 November 2020 (UTC)

Article discussion requestedEdit

Could I get some people to please comment on Talk:Group work about what the article is even supposed to be about? Thank you, Oiyarbepsy (talk) 04:37, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

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