The Social Worker's Role And Responsibility

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Social workers are legally obligated to assess and support the 397,600 children in need and their families as they are one of society’s most vulnerable groups (DfE, 2014). The social worker’s role and responsibility is to ensure children’s additional needs are adequately met to try to reverse disadvantage and enable children to maximise their lives and potential. To achieve this objective, social workers sift through in-depth information in different areas of family life, both past and present, as the vast majority of issues affecting children evolve from external factors which particularly relate to parenting. Gathering data involves collaborating with the family and relevant professionals to understand the family’s plight and establish strengths which are built upon so future troubles are positively resolved independently. When working with families, however, the social worker must prioritise children and put their feelings and interests above caregivers. This instance demands practice that adopts good social work skills and values to manage the possibility of parents displaying challenging behaviour. Children’s rights are imperative, but social workers must consider parental rights too so they can develop a rapport and successfully engage with them. Yet, although social workers are guided by legislation which serves to enhance children in need’s wellbeing, bureaucracy restricts the level of support and time social workers can devote to the cause. This essay focuses

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