Next Article in Journal
Sustainability Driven by Agriculture through Digital Transformation
Next Article in Special Issue
Educational Counseling and Temporary Language Adaptation Classrooms: A Study through In-Depth Interviews
Previous Article in Journal
Development of Savonius Rotors Integrated into Control Valves for Energy Harvesting
Previous Article in Special Issue
Propelling Children’s Empathy and Friendship

Social Work during the COVID-19 Crisis: Responding to Urgent Social Needs

Centre for Applied Ethics, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
Social Work Training and Research Section, Faculty of Education, University of Barcelona, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8595;
Received: 7 September 2020 / Revised: 7 October 2020 / Accepted: 14 October 2020 / Published: 16 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Successful Actions on Sustainability Impact)
Social work during the COVID-19 crisis has faced one of the most challenging times to cover urgent social needs in an uncertain scenario. This study analyzes the immediate responses in social work to vulnerable groups in the first 15 days of the pandemic in Barcelona, one of the most affected areas worldwide by COVID-19. The sample for this qualitative study includes 23 semi-structured interviews with social workers from different fields of intervention, from general approaches (primary care) to specific ones (health, ageing, homeless, and justice). The data analysis followed the communicative methodology, including transformative and exclusionary dimensions, and the analytical categories focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social services users, the organizational responses of social workers, and the impact of the interventions to cover urgent social needs of attendees. The interventions have been accompanied by an improvement in communication channels with vulnerable groups, ensuring an understanding of the situation of families and individuals, and covering the most urgent social needs. The study shows the key role of social workers from diverse social attention tools and their contribution to the sustainability of social services with a long-term impact. View Full-Text
Keywords: social work; COVID-19; vulnerable groups social work; COVID-19; vulnerable groups
MDPI and ACS Style

Redondo-Sama, G.; Matulic, V.; Munté-Pascual, A.; de Vicente, I. Social Work during the COVID-19 Crisis: Responding to Urgent Social Needs. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8595.

AMA Style

Redondo-Sama G, Matulic V, Munté-Pascual A, de Vicente I. Social Work during the COVID-19 Crisis: Responding to Urgent Social Needs. Sustainability. 2020; 12(20):8595.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Redondo-Sama, Gisela, Virginia Matulic, Ariadna Munté-Pascual, and Irene de Vicente. 2020. "Social Work during the COVID-19 Crisis: Responding to Urgent Social Needs" Sustainability 12, no. 20: 8595.

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

Back to TopTop