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The purpose of this paper is to delve in detail about the roles of social workers and social care givers to children and adults in the society. There will be an in depth analysis of their roles in the areas of inter-professionalism as well as their evolving roles in social work and social care work as well. Social work is provision of services to the community with the aim of assisting them. Social care on the other hand is a wide term referring to assistance, care and support to individuals.
Inter professional working
Inter-professional work is a debate I will be analyzing. In this debate, the analysis and reflection will be on matters of information sharing, planning as well as delivering of resources and especially the coordination part. It is the responsibility of the social workers to plan and coordinate with other institutions to ensure that the people they assist have all the help required including sharing of important information with the inter-agencies.
The main ethical dilemma in these roles is when information requiring to be shared for assistance is very sensitive and privacy issues may hinder this sharing. The career perspective of this debate is that with the inter-professional working, there is expansion of scope of assistance and support to individuals and community at large. Social workers and social care workers provide counselling to the children and adults. They also seek assistance for adults to get employment or financial support with the inter-professional work.
Evolving roles of the social worker and social care worker
With the changes in dynamics of the society, the roles of the social workers and social care workers have been evolving as well to allow the societal changes. These social workers no longer just provide care and support to the elderly and children but the others in society that need as well including counselling services, assessment and diagnosis of mental health problems among others.
The main ethical dilemma in this debate is from the triaging of which people are in dire need of the social care services more than the others without being biased. In the evolving roles of the social workers and social care workers, there are more career opportunities for these individuals as their responsibilities grow. The new evolving roles will have more room for adults from diverse backgrounds to be helped without any bias and this will extend to the children as well.
The two debates have opened up my understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the social care workers and social workers as well. I have also learnt about the need for inter-professional work to the target group. Personal identity will ensure that I understand the differences between individual and their culture and how each individual should be treated differently based on that. Professionally, I have learnt the need to be objective in exercising these roles as a social care worker or eves as a social worker.
Social workers and social care workers have varying roles and responsibilities but more are evolving and hence the need to change with them, but still remain professional. There is need for inter-professional work as it will mean more opportunities to care, assist and support individuals and community. I have learnt that there is more I need to do in terms of inter-professional work in order to offer the best services to the children and adults that I deal with as a social care worker. It is imperative to have this learning utilized through practice in future if any meaningful changes in the evolving roles of social care workers is to take place and the impact be felt by the targeted groups of people.
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