Social Work Reflection

1358 Words6 Pages
Drawing on my experiences from my social work field placement in the child protection sector and learning obtained throughout the course of my Bachelor of Social Work degree in lectures and tutorials, I am writing this as a caseworker in Family and Community Services (FACS). Throughout my placement and now working as a caseworker in FACS, it is evident that client workload has always been a significant problem. However, recently due to the loss of several social workers, we have been under substantial pressure to take on an increased client workload, while at the same time providing training and having new graduates shadow us. Due to competing priorities, it has resulted in having to practice in a manner that I believe does not serve in the…show more content…
33) management have a responsibility to “[…] advocate for resources to meet clients’ needs”. Through consultation and referring to the AASW Code of Ethics (2010) for guidance to assist in responding to this issue within FACS, my colleagues and myself devised a presentation to present to our team leader and requested a meeting to present our concerns of the value being placed on quantity, as opposed to the quality of work being undertaken with clients, we highlighted that “[…] the meanings around effective service, moving from what [we] see as the irrelevance of many performance measures to a better understanding of the complexity and quality of care” (Thomas and Davies, 2005, p. 696). Along the same lines, Thomas and Davies (2005, p. 696) suggest an approach which “challenges and rewrites of the meanings around effective performance to incorporate a more empowered subjectivity, drawing on both managerial and professional positions”. This approach champions the ethical values and standards of the social work profession, as well as takes into account the needs of our clients. Through being critical of standardized measures, which is more about demonstrating that a system is being followed, as opposed to a genuine apprehension that a quality service is being provided to…show more content…
The constraints were further exemplified with managerialist controls being extrapolated onto staff, with the focus being shifted to rigid data and reporting accountability measures, as an alternative to professional accountability measures. This resulted in having to practice in a matter that I believed did not serve in the best interests of my clients. Through consultation with the AASW Code of Ethics (2010) and critical reflection, on both a professional and personal level, it was evident that there were several opportunities that presented. On a micro level, this allowed us to collectively collaborate with each other to discuss, reflect and obtain feedback on time management skills, as well as enabling my colleagues and myself to come up with a presentation to present to our team leader to voice our concerns. On a macro level, it presented an opportunity for our team leader to involve voices from social workers, as the basis for collaborating with other managers to advocate for the implementation of much needed structural and organisational policy reforms aimed at long-term social change and social justice for our client
Get Access