Essay on Child Abuse and Social Work

1037 Words Dec 21st, 2010 5 Pages
Lauren Szymanski
Socialwork 200
November 28, 2010

Child Abuse

Child abuse is horrible and it affects everyone in one way or another. Before 1963, there were no laws to protect the kids from abuse but thanks to social workers and other judicial people, there were laws passed (Pfohl). This paper is going to explain why it is so important for social workers to protect kids by talking about this history of abuse and why social workers need to be around. It will also discuss what social workers do today to prevent kids from being hurt. Social workers are useful in just about every aspect of life but in my opinion this is one of the more important jobs of a social worker because your protecting those of the future. Abuse isn’t just
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Social workers took up an interest in child abuse during the “House of Refugees” movement. In 1825, in New York city, a home was built for troubled children, where kids would be sent to live in a controlled environment and grow up (Pfohl). These are kind of similar to shelters around today that take in delinquents and try to change them for better. Social workers were at the basis of this movement. The social work relationship with this problem is that these social workers are here to help save kids lives. According to the text book, a social worker works with the parents and the kids to provide and support and resources to help provide for a good home(textbook). The social workers have to be careful and not infringe on the rights of parents while also trying to protect their kids from being hurt (textbook).
Social workers are doing a lot to help kids. They start by getting a referral, whether its from a teacher or a doctor or a friend, the social worker must receive this before they can act because they cant step on the parents rights (textbook). Social workers then work closely with the families to try to get the resources they need to be a happy and healthy home, whether its group counseling or after school programs. There are some situations in which a parent can no longer have the rights to have their kids. In these circumstances, there are group homes like foster care and residential care available to the kids. The difference

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