Challenges in Developmental Social Work
This approach has much future promise particularly in the context of economic challenges and resource constraints. Since the African continent has problems with lack of resources it is wise that countries adopt this approach and move away from the remedial one which is costly. The developmental approach is highly friendly with social work’s historical values and commitment to achieving social justice and human rights (Midgley & Conley, 2010). However, there are limitations facing the developmental approach in social work.
Attitudes towards the developmental social work approach
According to Gray (2002) social work can respond to the challenge of social development by developing a form of social work …show more content…
However, Patel & Hochfeld (2012) in their study in South Africa identified significant difficulties with micro-economic development interventions and they discovered that social workers felt ill-equipped and ineffective in these areas. When it comes to economic concepts social workers are blank. Other participants in this study questioned whether economic development was indeed a social work role. They indicated that they are not economists (Patel & Hochfeld, 2012). But being closely associated with the poor and vulnerable in society, social workers are key social partners and change agents in development and should therefore play an important role in the nation-wide effort to reduce inequality and eliminate poverty (Lombard, …show more content…
One of the challenges facing the profession is that its impact on social development is not noticeable to policy makers. However, it is one of the most overworked, underpaid, under-recognised and distressed professions (Rwomire & Raditlhokwa, 1996). It is critical that the profession proves its role and contribution to addressing social development goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals, more directly (Lombard & Wairire, 2010). A critical challenge for social workers to be recognised for their role in social development is to demonstrate competency in implementing developmental social work. The Association for Schools of Social Work in Africa (ASSWA) can play a role in developing and promoting social work in the African region (Lombard & Wairire ,
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