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The attitudes of social workers towards implementing developmental social work

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. A.C. Faul en_US
dc.contributor.author Sambo, Busisiwe
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-04T12:15:31Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-04T12:15:31Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-04
dc.date.submitted 1999
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6900
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract A new welfare policy which introduced the developmental approach in the welfare system was implemented during 1997 in South Africa. The developmental approach encourages the introduction of social programs that contribute directly to economic development in the communities. Developmental social welfare implies a variety of role players in a system of social services which focus on social development. Social workers happen to be one of them. A developmental social welfare policy implies that social work should shift focus of attention to strategies that would contribute to social development. The extent of basic development needs in our country demands that social workers should clearly define their roles and outputs at this point in time so as to address these needs and outline their distinctive professional contribution in a social welfare system within socio-economic development. The focus of this people-driven, people-centred approach is on developing human capacity and self-reliance within an enabling environment. The community development process has a major contribution to make in realizing this objective. For community development to take place, people need to act collectively. People need to be organized in the community so that they can be able to function as a unit. Through community development, social workers unleash people's collective potential, build their capacity and help them to organize themselves around common concerns. However, social workers need to recognize the role played by economic factors in development initiatives. Realizing that the new developmental approach was just been introduced to social workers, this study seeks to explore and describe the attitude of social workers towards this paradigm shift. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Community development - Social aspects - Research - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Economic development - Social aspects - Research - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Social workers - Research - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Social policy - Research - South Africa en_US
dc.title The attitudes of social workers towards implementing developmental social work en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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