Practicing social workers nowadays serve severely vulnerable populations, devastated by oppressive and harsh lives, and incidents and conditions they are incapable of controlling (Parrott 2001). The difficulties are usually problematic because they are persistent, severe, and sudden. When family and community supports and assistance are not available or weak and when internal resources are debilitated, these populations are extremely susceptible to cognitive, social, emotional and physical decline (Gitterman 2001). In the United Kingdom policy programmes have been launched by the Government that provides directives for mitigating health inequalities and for improving the provision of social service (Brammer 2006). Nevertheless, as I have observed in my work with homeless youths, it is essential that expected benefits made by the creation of new directives are not confused through the absence of foresight about their people-oriented programmes.
Of crucial necessity is the consideration of what really takes place during everyday interactions between clients and social workers. For the typically rather ambiguous, but praiseworthy, objectives of central policy programmes to be achieved, social workers have to collaborate with discriminated and oppressed service users in manners that enable health gains cognitive, emotional, physical, and social gains. Many will bear witness to the constructive manner in which social workers work, normally in scarcely resourced and traumatic settings, to realise this (Turner 2005).
Nonetheless, there are also several cases of how interactions between service users and social workers lead to clients feeling degraded, discriminated, and oppressed, rather than cared and provided for (Turner 2005). In the case of several deprived service users this concern is mostly obvious, and usually leads to discriminations in access to assistance and