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Social Services And Social Work

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Many people are driven to pursue a career in social work due to personal experiences that have led them to a desire to help others. Ben Carniol, author of Case Critical: Social Services and Social Justice in Canada, is no exception to this. He brings years of experience to a new perspective on where social work is headed for this country. He discusses why anti-oppressive and progressive social work practice is effective, and vital for future success, what systemic and societal barriers stand in the way of said practice, and what steps can and are being taken to overcome these obstacles. Carniol’s book brings readers on the journey that many social workers take throughout their careers, and is inspiring to those headed into this career…show more content…
Many of these barriers stem from the fact that there are still systemic inequalities that benefit some and harm others (Carniol, 2010, p. 10). So even if one is working with a progressive mindset or agency, there may be times when the the systemic inequalities will still prove to be a problem. In some of these cases, it may be possible to work within the system, and have the social worker use their power to help their client, however this is unfortunately not doable all of the time. Some agencies may reflect these inequalities themselves, and social workers often feel fear to speak up on these issues, at risk that they may lose their employment (Carniol, 2010, p. 107). We have discussed this scenario multiple times in our Basic Interventions class, particularly when talking about ethics. While most of us students agree that we would like to believe we would stand up for such injustices, we also agreed that the risk of losing your job is a large and valid fear. Ultimately, the biggest barrier to progressive social work can be described in one simple word: money. Carniol (2010) discussed how the systemic inequalities, who in this case favour the wealthy over the lower classes, has allowed acts such as tax evasion, which in turn leads to less funding for social programs (p. 11). There were many parts in the book that, truth be told, made me weary about my choice to go into this field. In addition to the aforementioned systemic inequalities, and
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