1 MODULE 3 Social Work SWAZILAND February 200 Co-ordinator: Winsome Gordon Editors: Wilma Guez and John Allen Cover Design: Monika Jost Cover Photo: UNESCO/Winsome Gordon Printer: Ag2i Communication ED. 99/WS/12 Copyright UNESCO Printed in France
2 MODULE 3 SOCIAL WORK CONTENTS Foreword Page Acknowledgements Introduction 1 Unit 1. Basic Principles in Social Work 3 Topic 1. Guidelines for Social Workers Topic 2. Ethics of a Social Worker Topic 3. Demands of Social Work Unit 2. The Family 9 Topic 1. Organization and Structure of the Family Topic 2. Family Composition Topic 3. Problems in Families Topic 4. Strategies for Solving Problems in Families Unit 3. Culture, Society and Social Work Theory 28 Topic 1. What is Culture? Topic 2. Social Stratification Topic 3. Social Work Theory Unit 4. Social Welfare Services 38 Topic 1. Social Welfare Services Unit 5. Methods of Conducting and Managing 47 Social Work Programmes Topic 1. Approaches in Conducting Social Work Topic 2. Management of Social Work Programmes
3 FOREWORD African Ministers of Education have long been aware of the growing number of social problems which affect the lives of young Africans, particularly girls, and determined some time ago that their education systems had to play a much more active and positive role in promoting the growth and development of the young people entrusted to their care. Before taking action, they took into account the declarations and recommendations of the Pan African Conference on the Education of Girls (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 1993) and the Fourth Conference on Women (Beijing, China, 1995) and other international gatherings on matters related to women. They then convened a series of technical meetings in English and French-speaking countries, at both the regional and the national level, to decide in greater detail what should be done. The consensus reached was that Guidance and Counselling should be an integral part of the education of children and should be included in the teacher training programmes. This co-ordinated effort resulted in the establishment in April 1997, of a Board of Governors, made up of African Ministers of Education, who would be responsible for policy decisions and for establishing procedures in the development of the Guidance and Counselling Programme. In preparing the programme African countries would collaborate so that it would benefit from the best of African expertise. It was also agreed that the Guidance Counselling and Youth Development Centre for Africa, designed to provide training for teacher trainers and youth and social workers from all over the continent, would be set up in Malawi. While this programme was intended for use with boys and girls, its content and organization are such that special attention is given to the needs and requirements of girls. Assistance is being given by a number of international and regional agencies such as UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, FAWE (the Forum for African Women Educationalists), DANIDA, the Rockefeller Foundation, and from countries such as Finland and USA. A Training Package on Guidance and Counselling has been prepared by African specialists from various countries in consultation with other competent persons. It consists of eight training modules Guidance, Counselling, Social Work, Behaviour Modification, Gender Sensitivity, Guidance and Counselling Programme Development, Adolescent Reproductive Health, and Workshop Administration and Conduct Guidelines. The modules encourage the use of non-threatening approaches, particularly with regard to sensitive issues, and are accompanied by charts, transparencies and video films as teaching aids. Supporting materials are also drawn from relevant programmes being implemented in the respective countries. Although intended for use in the training of trainers, the suggested activities are also generally suitable for use with school-age children. Each module is comprised of units and sets out objectives and activities for small and large groups. Because of the shortage of appropriate relevance materials for Guidance and Counselling, each module includes additional reading.
4 This Module on Social Work, prepared in Swaziland in collaboration with Lesotho and Zambia, defines the basic principles of social work and gives detailed guidance for the social worker. It gives careful consideration to the role of the family in society, and describes the various types of family organization, the problems that may arise in families, and how possible solutions to them may be found. The means by which the social worker can take the cultural background into account are reviewed and details relating to the different types of social welfare services needed are provided. The methods of managing social work programmes are also described. Colin N. Power Deputy Director-General for Education UNESCO
5 Acknowledgements Miss Della Nsibande, Director of Guidance and Counselling for Training of Trainers in Swaziland, led the team, which prepared this module. The members comprised: Mr Penyani Ministry of Education, Zambia Mrs D. D. Nsibande Ministry of Education, Swaziland Mrs E. Thupane Ministry of Education, Lesotho Mrs A. H. Mtetwa Ministry of Education, Swaziland Dr R. Mathews University of Swaziland, Social Sciences Dr Lily Chu Consultant, Ministry of Education, Swaziland Departmental Staff Educational Testing, Guidance and Psychological Services, Ministry of Education, Swaziland Department of Social Welfare National Curriculum Centre, Swaziland Ms Atticia Dladla National Curriculum Centre, Swaziland Ms Lenrose Dube Secretary, Swaziland The co-ordinated effort of this team is reflected in the scope and quality of the Module. Ms Nsibande has guided its preparation and testing, through various stages. Her dedication and competence in undertaking this task have been commendable. She has been the trainer in the regional programme for the trainers of trainers, which is held in Malawi each year. She also alternates with another specialist in the same field, Ms Agnes Mtetwa. I wish to take this opportunity to thank her and her team for their contribution, and I hope that it will continue to benefit from their expertise. I must also say thanks to the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), UNICEF, UNFPA and UNDP for their contributions, both in cash and in kind, to the development of this module. Winsome Gordon Programme Co-ordinator UNESCO
6 MODULE 3 Social Work INTRODUCTION As a teacher, you will sometimes need to play the role of a social worker in your school and the community. This module will introduce you to Social Work. Social work is a discipline within human services. Its main goal is to assist individuals and families with their needs and solve their problems using a multidisciplined approach. In order to be effective, social workers work closely with many agencies and professionals. Social work is usually a part of the Human Services Department of a government. It serves as a link between the government s clients and other government resources, such as: manpower training leading to employment, welfare payments towards financial assistance, legal consultation in dealing with legal problems, food and water relief at times of drought, famine and war, etc. As a social worker, you will also work closely with medical professionals in order to provide medical care for clients; with school personnel to identify children who are in need of help, and with counsellors and psychologists in order to provide psychological counselling. Today the problems faced by individuals and families are often complicated, and assistance from many agencies is needed. Social work provides an important service to society. Individuals and families in need of help are the focus of it, and are referred to as clients. As social workers, our goal is to help clients live a productive life in their own community. In order to reach this goal, we often enlist the assistance of family members, relatives, local religious leaders, tribal leaders and elders, and other influential members of the community. Although institutionalization may be necessary at times, it is a temporary solution. The goal is to help clients return to normal life in a natural setting. Today, social workers are not only the bridge linking clients to other helpers, they also provide their clients with hope, and encourage their first steps towards a new life. Social workers usually stand in the front line, and reach out to the clients soon after problems occur. They provide an initial assessment of the situation and mobilize other needed services.
7 Social work uses a team approach and is multi-disciplined. Its goal is to provide a service to those who need help, especially the old, young, poor, abused, mistreated, handicapped, jobless, the sick and the homeless. Its approach is to use available resources to solve problems in order to empower clients to help themselves in the long term.
8 Basic Principles in Social Work UNIT 1 RATIONALE This unit discusses the basic principles of social work, and the ethics of a social worker. It gives a clear view of how a social worker is expected to carry out his duties. It also specifies the demands made by social work, and provides important reminders for the social worker. LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this unit, you should be able to: provide guidelines for social workers; practise the art of building a helping relationship; specify the ethics of a social worker; and identify the problems faced by social/community workers. CONTENT This unit includes the following: Topic 1. Guidelines for Social Workers Topic 2. Ethics of a Social Worker Topic 3. Demands on Social Work
9 Topic 1. GUIDELINES FOR SOCIAL WORKERS These are guidelines on how social workers operate. 1. Establishment of a counselling relationship - See the relationship as a process of giving the client an opportunity to grow, develop, and ultimately to understand and discover himself, and make appropriate choices. 2. Acceptance - Recognize the worth of the individual regardless of his/her circumstances, status, religion, race, politics, behaviour, and wish to foster human dignity and self-respect. 3. Self-determination - Encourage self-help as a means of growing in self-confidence, and the ability to take on more responsibility for one s own affairs. 4. Freedom to choose - The client must be able to make appropriate choices, and consider how his/her choice may affect others. - Be able to respect and care for clients as individuals without ridicule. 5. Confidentiality - The relationship is based on trust. You must recognize that what passes between you and your client is confidential. Assume that all information is given in trust, and therefore confidential, unless permission is given to use it in another context. 6. Being empathetic - You must be sensitive to the client s feelings. Put yourself in the client s position. It helps if you understand your strengths and weaknesses. If you accept yourself as you are, you may be able to accept others. 7. Genuineness - You must be genuine and not defensive. Be open, real and honest. Studies indicate that positive outcomes can be achieved if the client sees in you empathy, genuineness and a positive regard.
10 The Art of Building a Helping Relationship Make yourself approachable, genuine and warm. Be sensitive, listen attentively. Spend time listening to, and talking with, your client. Disapprove the act, not the person. Be firm and friendly. Try not to use threats. Explain the rules of the relationship. Activity 1.1: Building a Helping Relationship 1. Role play a situation where the social worker displays an unhelpful response in a relationship session. 2. Role play a scenario depicting an effective counsellor in a relationship session. Topic 2. ETHICS OF A SOCIAL WORKER The following are the ethics of a social worker: 1. Respect the dignity of the individual as the basis for all social relationships. 2. Have faith in the capacity of the client to advance towards his/her goals. 3. Base your relations with others on their qualities as individuals, without distinction as to race, creed, colour, or economic or social status. 4. Recognize that your greatest gift to another person may be to give an opportunity for him/her to develop and exercise his/her own capacities. 5. Do not invade the personal affairs of another individual without his/her consent, except in an emergency, where you must act to prevent injury to him/her or to others. 6. Believe and accept the differences and individuality of others, and endeavour to build a useful relationship on them. 7. Base your opinion of another person on a genuine attempt to understand the whole person, his/her situation, and what it means. 8. Constantly try to seek understanding and control yourself, your attitudes, and the prejudices which may affect your relationships. (Adapted from the Social Worker s Creed.)
11 Topic 3. DEMANDS ON SOCIAL WORK It is common to find clients who expect much from you. Usually they expect immediate material assistance. For example, if they experience financial difficulties, they expect to be given money. It is important for you to explain to your clients what your roles are, instead of raising false hopes. It is important for you not to take on the personal problems of your clients as your own, as this could cause problems for you. You should present yourself as a person who can assist them to understand their concerns and manage them. While you, your clients, and the general public, may see social work as the embodiment of social services, you are dependent on public sponsorship. Social work is not about providing solutions to problems, but it provides an arena in which clients can review their concerns, and see how they can manage them best and live an effective life. Social work links clients with services, resources and opportunities, which might provide them with the help they need. This contributes to problem-solving for clients. It is important to recognize in social work the fact that it is an adaptable service, and one which is more responsive and accountable to a particular locality and its people. Social work is concerned with the provision of welfare services, when people s capacity for responding to the demands of life is strained, when capacity growth seems unattainable, and when important decisions elude resolution. Social work should assist clients to deal with life, engage in growth-producing activities, and make effective decisions. Naturally when people have a problem, they look for help. Usually, they think they have no capacity to solve their problem unless someone helps them to do so. And even when help comes, they expect the helper to produce the magic which will solve their problems. Social workers must make the role of their work clear when they are approached by a client. Their role is to assist the client to know why they need help and where they can get it. Expectations of Clients Naturally, the presence of a social worker, when there is a problem, raises hopes in a client. Clients usually think that someone with a solution to their problem has come. As a result, they may present themselves as people who are completely helpless, even when they are able to do something themselves to resolve their concerns. A social worker should not take over the problem of the client. Instead, he/she must assist the client to re-examine it and consider possible solutions to it.
12 Activity 1.2: Case Study Mpho is an 18-year-old girl working at Maluti Hotel. She is very shy and with no positive self-image. Her friends try to convince her that she is capable of doing good things and, therefore, should concentrate on things she can do best, and not on those she cannot. A friend refers Mpho to you. 1. Identify Mpho s problem. 2. How are you going to tackle her problem? People who experience difficulties/problems require assistance that should help them deal with them, and live more effectively. It is important that people who experience difficulties/problems are helped to overcome them. Children who experience difficulties require support. As children cannot present their own interests, it is the responsibility of the state, through social welfare services, to take special responsibility for them. Social work plays a key role in family conflicts with children. It serves children whose parents neglect or abuse them. Social work is also important in schools, because it is in the schools where the inaccessible population is to be found. Social work in schools should be the application of social work principles and methods to the purpose of the school. Goals should centre upon helping pupils attain a sense of competence, a readiness to continue learning, and an ability to adapt to change. Increasingly, the focus of school social work should centre on cognitive areas such as learning, thinking and problem-solving, as well as traditional areas of concern, like relationships, emotions, motivation and personality. It is important for the school social worker to be concerned with the relationship of the school to other social institutions in the community. Activity 1.3: Social Work Services 1. What is your vision of Social Work Services in the 21 st century? 2. Looking at the needs in your country, how do you think the following should contribute to the development of Social Welfare Services? a) the people/the community; b) the government; c) the non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
13 Summary In this unit, we discussed the basic principles of social work which included guidelines for social workers to follow, the ethics of the social worker, and the art of building a helping relationship with clients. We also discussed the various demands on social work, the sometimes unrealistic expectations of clients, and the reasons for intervention.
14 The Family UNIT 2 RATIONALE This unit defines the family as a basic social unit which exists in all societies. The family provides important support for the individual in society. It caters for the physical, effective and emotional needs of the individual. It provides the individual with social and educational support. The family is also responsible for rearing and protecting children. It is the basic unit of socialization and cultural transmission, since children acquire their fundamental values and attitudes from their families. Indeed, it is the social cell in which human beings are born, and where they learn to become members of a wider human society. However, the family is also where many interpersonal conflicts occur, problems develop, and individuals suffer. All families have difficulties from time to time. Some families have resources to solve their problems while others do not. When a family is no longer able to deal with its problems, and cannot provide the basic physical, security, effective and emotional needs of its members, we call this kind of family dysfunctional. There are many reasons why a family becomes dysfunctional. Among others, they are alcoholism, drug addiction, physical illness, death, war, poverty, unemployment, mental illness, spouse abuse, child abuse, divorce and separation, and polygamy. This unit aims at enhancing the participants knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts related to family life. As we discuss the importance of the family, we also note the problems that may prevent the successful functioning of the family.
15 LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of the unit, you should be able to: define the organization and structure of the family; identify the two types of family; discuss the functions of the family; discuss the variations of family composition; identify the problems in families; describe the strategies for solving these problems. CONTENT This unit includes the following: Topic 1. Organization and Structure of the Family Topic 2. Family Composition Topic 3. Problems in Families Topic 4. Strategies for Solving Problems in Families Topic 1. ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE OF THE FAMILY Activity 2.1: Family 1. What is your understanding of the family? 2. Trace your family line or tree. 3. List the values and attitudes you may have acquired from your family. What is the difference between a sister and a sister-in-law? There are two types of family relationships. One is brought about by blood ties, and the other is brought about by marital ties. Blood ties are biological relationships established by birth, while marital ties are family relationships established by marriage. Relatives by marriage are also relatives by law (in-laws). There also exists another type of relationship where legally adopted children, who have no biological or marital relationship with the family, are full members of the family.
16 Activity 2.2: Structure of the Family 1. List your relatives by blood and by marriage. 2. Discuss: Blood ties are stronger than marital ties. Types of Families The two basic types of families are the nuclear family and the extended one. The nuclear family is made up of the father, mother and children living together under one roof. In nuclear families, although individuals have more autonomy and freedom in making their own decisions, they also tend to be burdened by the demands of a busy life, without the support and assistance of a big family. Children s care is often a serious problem, especially if both parents work. Some children grow up in a nuclear family without much knowledge of their grandparents, family origin, history and traditions. When there are problems and stresses, nuclear families tend to have limited help because of the small number of family members. The extended family is made up of all members of a nuclear family, plus the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and/or cousins, all living together as one family. In traditional African societies, most families are extended. A generation ago in our society, families lived closer and more intimately together. Today, more and more families are becoming nuclear, especially those living in urban areas. Urbanization is, in fact, one of the main reasons for the increase in nuclear families. A lot of people drift to urban areas in search of jobs, and newly-formed couples find it more and more difficult to support the extended family from their meagre resources. Indeed, the extended family has many more members who need to be supported. Apart from this, different needs and personalities of so many people living under one roof tend to cause conflict. But on the other hand, an extended family also means more help and support for one another in times of crisis. Activity 2.3: Types of Families 1. List some of the extended family responsibilities you have had. 2. Discuss the merits and demerits of the nuclear family and the extended family. 3. Why is the nuclear family becoming popular in Africa?
17 Topic 2. FAMILY COMPOSITION Now you know how family types develop. The ideal family for a child is one which is intact, meaning both biological parents are present. Unfortunately, in reality, many children today are not so privileged. Many children have either only one parent, live with step-parents or relatives, are abandoned in the streets, or orphaned at a young age without a family to care for them. Each of these forms of family or non-family composition is becoming more and more commonplace today, and each has unique characteristics. Below are the different types of family composition in more detail. 1. Polygamous Family In some parts of the world, such as in Muslim countries and some African countries, men are allowed to have more than one wife. These multiple wives may live together in one household, with the husband visiting them occasionally. Even under the best conditions, jealousy, and competition for the husband s attention and wealth, are unavoidable between the wives. In this kind of family, children often have only limited access to their father s attention. They may develop resentment and distrust towards others for taking their father away. Even though they have a biological father, in many ways their life is similar to that of the single-parent family. 2. Single-Parent Family The single-parent family is headed by one parent. This single parent is usually the mother. More than 90 per cent of single-parent families are headed by women. There are different reasons why a family has only one parent. Teenage pregnancy, out-ofwedlock pregnancy, marriages dissolved by divorce or separation, the loss of parents through death or desertion, or simply, choice. Most single parents tend to be economically disadvantaged. In addition, they lack emotional support. 3. Step Family The step-family is also known as a reconstituted or blended family. Along with the increase in divorce and re-marriage, the number of step-families is growing rapidly. Children end up in a step-family through their parents remarriage or polygamous marriages. They often have step-brothers and step-sisters, and other step-relatives as well. Family relationships in a step-family are more complicated than in the normal family, as there are often different sets of norms, values, disciplines and expectations. Arguments, conflicts and abuse among members of a step-family are common. Stepparents need to work harder to love all children equally, whether they are biological children or step-children. A parent s favouritism towards certain children tends to create hard feelings between step-children. The incidence of street children and child abuse sometimes originates here.
18 4. Adoptive Family Some children are adopted by their relatives. In the past, adoptive parents were told to hide the fact of adoption from their children. They believed that if children did not know about the adoption, they would grow up without any problem. Research, however, showed that when adopted children eventually found out that they were adopted, they often felt cheated and outraged. Nowadays, we believe that it is better to let the child know that he/she was adopted, and that he/she was specially chosen for adoption. We now know that if adopted children are loved and treated with honesty, they will grow up into healthy and well-adjusted adults. Whether they are adopted or not makes little difference. What is important is the adoptive parents attitude towards the adopted child. Activity 2.4: Foster versus Adoptive Family 1. What is the difference between a foster child and an adopted child? 5. Foster Family Some children are placed with foster families because they do not have a family of their own, or because their family does not meet their safety and welfare needs. In extreme cases, children are taken out of their biological families and put into foster care because of the severe and abusive conditions in the home. Often, these children are placed in a foster family only for a short time, until social workers are able to help reunite the family again. However, it sometimes happens that children are moved from one foster family to another, because the biological family cannot solve its problems, and is unable to care for the children properly. Because of the transient nature of the placement, children may have difficulty in the foster family. If children are moved too frequently they are not able to form an emotional attachment with foster parents. However, if foster parents are loving and the placement is a stable one, children often benefit from it. 6. The Child-Headed Family In your culture who is the head of the family? Recently, a new family composition has emerged. This is the family where a number of children have lost both parents. These children may not have relatives to take care of them, or are too many for someone to take in. In these circumstances, the eldest child becomes the head of the family.
19 Activity 2.5: Family Composition Note to the Facilitator: 1. Divide participants into 6 groups. Each group should take one kind of family composition and discuss questions 1 to 3. Group Work 1. List any unique characteristics of children coming from the following family compositions: a) Polygamous family b) Single-parent family c) Step family d) Adoptive family e) Foster family f) Child-headed family 2. List the problems that are likely to be faced by each of these families. 3. Discuss how you, as a social worker, can help this kind of family. Topic 3. PROBLEMS IN FAMILIES You have seen how a family develops, and the different compositions of a family. Now, you will learn about problems that arise from these relationships. There are severe problems that need immediate attention. These are where families can no longer cater for the physical, effective and emotional needs of its members. They are called dysfunctional families. There are many causes of dysfunctional families. Some are inter-related and others are isolated. We will describe the problems that affect today s families which concern you. They are: child abuse, teenage pregnancy, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, death/divorce/separation in the family, homelessness, poverty, and the uprooted family. 1. Child Abuse The family is where a child is supposed to receive love and care, to build up a basic trust of the world and of other people. However, the cruel reality is that millions of children throughout the world each year have been abused by the people they love and trust the most - their own parents. This is the ultimate betrayal of trust.
20 There are many kinds of child abuse. There are physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and verbal abuse. Physical abuse may produce the battered-child syndrome. In this case, a child's growth and development is seriously traumatized by harsh and cruel physical treatment. Emotional abuse and sexual abuse can be even more destructive than physical abuse in the long run. Often, they go undetected and unrecognized for many years, partly because the family tries to keep it a secret, or partly because some people simply do not believe that sexual abuse of a child can happen in the family. Victims of emotional or sexual abuse often have interpersonal problems as adults. They may go into fits of depression and have outbursts of hostility and anger that they cannot control or understand. Incest is a form of child abuse where the parent or parent-like figure has sexual contact with the child. In many cases, a girl is the victim. The shame and guilt associated with this form of sexual abuse are so severe that they inevitably leave everlasting scars on the child s psychological adjustment. Child neglect is also a common form of maltreatment, and the most destructive. Many deaths, injuries and long-term problems have been due to child neglect. In some cases, for example, infants are starved to death or undernourished. Some are undernourished emotionally - their parents rarely touch, talk or play with them. Finally, many childhood accidents, which are the leading causes of childhood death and serious injury, can be traced to neglect. Because children are dependent upon the care of parents, they usually have nowhere to turn when their own parents abuse them. Often social workers are the only support and hope they have. Activity 2.6: Problems in Families 1. List common examples of the following in your community: a) Physical abuse b) Sexual abuse c) Emotional abuse d) Verbal abuse 2. Make a list of possible solutions to child abuse. 3. Failure to provide children s rights is a form of child abuse. See Module on Guidance for a detailed discussion on children s rights.
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