How to be a social worker in South Africa
2 comments Posted October 09, 2018 06:27:25The social worker profession is still in its infancy, and social workers in South African schools have faced an increasing number of disciplinary issues, many of which stem from the rise of a new ideology, socialism, which has swept the country.
Social Workers have long been recognised as an integral part of education, particularly when it comes to social and emotional development, and a growing number of the profession’s services are based around the school.
The South African School Social Work Association, or SSSWA, describes itself as a network of schools and social service agencies, and aims to “make the school and social work community stronger and more integrated”.
Its membership includes schools and private social work firms, schools, schools and residential services, private sector organisations and other agencies.
It has its own curriculum, which is tailored to the needs of the school, and is overseen by the South African Institute of Social Work.
The association has more than 200 members, and many of them are also employed by private social services providers.
Many of these services are working in partnership with other institutions such as local government or the school board.
The SA Social Work Institute has a website, which describes itself in a section titled “Social Work and the School” as “a network of social work services, education, and training organisations working together to enhance social wellbeing and quality of life in South Africans”.
This section also has an ‘open letter’ on its website, from a number of SA social work professionals, urging parents to consider working with their children in a more caring environment, in a safe and secure environment, and in a caring way.
The letter is signed by “The social work profession in South Australia”.
Its position is that “social work is a profession that is an integral and necessary component of our education system.
Therefore, we are calling on parents to work with their child in a way that supports their social and physical wellbeing”.”
Parents should not have to choose between working with a school, social work agency or the state.”
It goes on to say: “The profession needs to embrace the importance of the relationship between children and their parents, and the importance placed on social support services and services that are available in the home and school.”
There is no indication on the website whether the SSSAWA is seeking to become an umbrella body, or to be independently managed.
“It is our aim to work together with the schools and other relevant organisations in an inclusive manner, to ensure that all aspects of the education system are well integrated into our community, that the profession is recognised, and that the education is delivered in a manner that supports all aspects,” it says.
“In the end, we hope to promote a social justice society in which all people are valued, respected and cared for.”SSSWA President Ian Mearns said he is aware of the concerns.
“We recognise that there are concerns from many people in South Aroostane that we are not doing enough to provide our members with quality education, we need to continue to work to do that and to get them into the right schools, and then into the best care,” he said.
The SSSWAA is a voluntary association of schools.
It is not the first organisation to suggest that there is a need for more social workers.
Last year, a group of social workers and parents held a workshop to discuss what is needed in schools.
The workshop included discussions about what to do about disciplinary issues.
The group also sought to educate parents about the need to provide a safe, secure and caring environment for children.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the SA Ministry of Education, and parents, including some who work in social work.
A group of parents, led by Dr Paul Beddoe, the head of SA’s National Social Work Academy, attended the meeting and raised concerns about the lack of training in social workers, especially in SA schools.
“There are schools that are not equipped, that do not provide their social workers with adequate training,” Dr Beddoes said.
“This is really a very serious issue for us.”
Dr Beddos said there was a lack of trained social workers who were prepared to come in and work with children in their schools.
He said the SA social worker curriculum should also include an emphasis on the role of parents and students.
“The SA curriculum should teach parents about their role and their role in a child’s education,” he told the SA Parliament in March.
“Parents are the ones who are responsible for the safety of the children and the children’s education.”
South Africa is not alone in its struggles to balance its social work ethos with its need to be inclusive.
The British Isles, for example, have been criticised for a lack.
South Africa’s SA social workers have faced criticism for their role, particularly at schools.
A number of recent high-profile cases have included:Teacher Arie van der Meer has been accused