Social Welfare and Social Development: Assignment

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Assignment Exit Outcome 119 November 2011

Explain in your own words the concepts social welfare and social development approach or model

Social welfare the service given to the people was not helping them to develop themselves. Client in need of the service became dependent and the service was seen as a handout and no personal responsibilities were taken by the client. This is seen as the medical model focus on the diagnosis and treatment of the client.

Social development helps the client to bring change in the situation he or she finds themselves

Developmental approach in social development are based on the strengths of the individual or community and help with the growth and development.

Question 2

Conduct an interview with a social Worker in your organization requesting the worker to explain one project within the organization which reflects the organization‘s commitment to a policy of social development. One of the main projects of The Holy Cross Child and Youth Care Centre are Family Reunification and Reintegration – In the past the organization had no contact or limited contact with the family of the child. The limited contact that existed was through the External reconstruction social worker. Now with the program workers from the organization meet the family on a regular basis and have knowledge of the families current functioning and needs that prevent the child from being placed back with the family. Description of the Reunification Programme

1. Background
When children are admitted the Holy Cross Children’s Home regular ongoing family contact is one of our main priorities. We believe that it is the best interest of the child to have contact with his/her family, community of origin or some significant others in their lives. With this in mind we strive to maintain and encourage this family contact through reunification work, through telephonic contact (in case where visit is not possible), tracing family members, holiday and weekend placements and family visits to the facility.

2. The Need
As a facility we have often experienced a breakdown in reunification and reconstruction due to a number of often uncontrollable factors: high staff turnover at social work agencies, huge caseloads of community social workers, restructuring of services at agencies and the closing of some agencies in the community. This leads of broken down or ineffective reunification service. Often when workers leave agencies there is no follow up and the agency loses touch with the families and their whereabouts

3. Outcome of the Program

A reunification program attached to the Child and Youth Care Center will have the following purpose and outcomes

• The will be ongoing contact with the families resulting in a continuous service • There will be less breakdown in the rendering of reunification services • The Child and Youth Care Centre will be very family with the case and the family. • Communication between the child and the family will be strengthened • Family relation ships and the bonding will easier to maintain via workshops and visitations ect. • Family movement will be monitored and followed by the Child and Youth Care Centre, cutting down and the response time to new developments or changes in the family’s circumstances. • Decrease in stress for both external and internal social workers


4. Preventative Work
As a facility we have had the experience of admitting children to the facility and then discovering that an alternative placement within the family or community would have been more appropriate. The urgency to remove the child is so great that all other avenues are not investigated. In order to minimize such placements, we envisage preventative work by the reunification coordinator so as to strengthen and build families and find best alternative placement for the child before seeking admission to the Child and...
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