Factors contributing to the quality of children’s court social work reports

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dc.contributor.advisor Mrs. H. Ellis en_US
dc.contributor.author Sebopela, Matlhogonolo Priscilla
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-09T09:08:21Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-09T09:08:21Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-09
dc.date.submitted 2012-06-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/5158
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract The Global Social Work Standards as outlined by Sewpaul & Jones (2004) aspire for social work education and training to equip social workers with relevant knowledge and skills. This would enable them to practice in a range of contexts applying different social work methods and techniques, while recognising the interconnectedness that exists within and across all systems at micro, mezzo and macro levels. Human service organisations that employ social workers should ensure adequate provision of resources and professional staff, with a range of expertise and appropriate qualifications to facilitate quality service delivery. As social work practice is interconnected with other systems and does not operate in a vacuum, social workers are often expected to interact with clients, communities or other professionals. They should therefore be competent and able to practice within the value perspective of the profession, guided by the professional code of ethics and values. A social worker’s report is one form of interaction and communication between the social worker and others, among whom are children’s court presiding officers. Children’s courts use social workers reports to assist them in decision making pertaining to matters relating to children. Although social workers are expected to be competent in record keeping and report writing by the time they graduate, the quality of their reports is often questioned by other professionals who use them to assist in decision-making. With this state of affairs, there is growing concern about the quality of social work reports, and the social work fraternity is asking the question, “what are the factors that contribute to the quality of reports compiled by social workers for children’s courts?” and “what should be done to ensure that social workers adhere to standards of proficient report writing?” en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Social work practice en_US
dc.subject Global Social Work Standards en_US
dc.subject Juvenile courts en_US
dc.subject Social case work reporting en_US
dc.subject Social work with children
dc.title Factors contributing to the quality of children’s court social work reports en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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