Different Situations Where Skills By Social Workers Are Needed When Working With Groups

Good Essays

This essay will be discussing two different situations where skills by social workers are needed when working with groups. I will define the term ‘group’ and will be reflecting on my own experiences of working within groups and what I have observed in regards to individuals, behaviours and group dynamics. My examples are drawn from two particular situations where I have been involved, which include a multi-professional meeting and residential home for children with disabilities. I will be drawing on knowledge from K216 materials and other sources.

A definition of ‘group’ according to the Oxford Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care (2013) is “a number of individuals with a shared sense of identity and/or who are bound together by interaction with each other”. Groups may be categorised into sub-groups such as: social group, interest group, family group or task group. People may be members of these different groups; however, their choice of membership may be unavoidable, voluntary or limited. For example, attending school is compulsory for young people and therefore the school group is regarded as a ‘formal group’. Whereas they are at liberty to choose their friendship group within the school, therefore this is considered an ‘informal group’ (Adams, 1993, p.309 ).

The first group situation I will discuss is a multi-professional meeting. The meeting was one I observed which gave me the opportunity to identify group challenges and skills. The meeting was an Adoption

Get Access