An ode to social workers

2017-03-16 10:07

The profession of social work is highly misinterpreted in our society. Therefore the month of March is acknowledged as Social Workers month, informing the public about the heart of this career.

People so often perceive social workers as ladies who give free food parcels, ladies who take children away from their families and send their children away to homes, ladies who fill the gaps between people and SASSA grants.

Being a social worker is challenging for many yet very rewarding. Social Worker Corinne Moodley had the following to say in favour of fellow social workers:

“Being a social worker means that you have to serve as a network system between the client and institutions such as doctors, psychologist, psychiatrists, lawyers, hospitals, home affairs, old age homes.

Being a social worker means that you have to be an educator and enhance people with coping mechanisms for many of the challenges that our clients are faced with today, be it poverty, unemployment, domestic violence, child abuse, HIV/Aids, TB, drug abuse.

Being a social worker means that you have to be an advocate of human rights. It means that you should empathise with clients who visit our offices to seek help with issues such as abortions, child abuse, domestic violence, drug related problems, prostitution, being homeless, suicide, rape, neglect, child trafficking- amongst other issues.

For most it means having sleepless nights, thinking about a case which could be dealt with better if resources were available.

It means despite being shouted at, doors being shut in our faces, stones being thrown at us, we are obligated to ensure that a child is safe.

It means having paperwork that can take you up to a month to complete; it means endless court appearances and home visits, entering houses where you are most likely not welcomed into.

Being a social worker means walking a journey with each and every client that enters your office and identifying their strengths as a tool to help them help themselves.

A social worker’s job is not to figure out if someone deserves something, it is to lift the fallen, restore the broken and to help the hurting heal.

To all Social Workers, we salute you! Happy Social Work Month.”

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