Contemporary Professional Issues Of Social Work Practitioners

3518 Words Nov 27th, 2014 15 Pages
The historical rise of professions coincides with the unprecedented demand for expertise in matters concerning complex social and economic issues (Walker & McLean, 2013). Members of society increasingly seek the protagonist qualities of the professionals who represent a source of dexterity and competence. In this sense professionals have come to occupy a predominant place as the problems solvers of the modern era (Pandey, 1990). In the context of the child welfare domain, social work is generally considered to be the lead profession in matters concerning child protection (Jackson et al., 2003). In more recent times however, the reputation of the social worker has wavered amidst public scandals outlining the failures to protect children from abuse and neglect. Consequently modern social work practice is frequently subjected to intense public and political scrutiny, to make idealistic professional judgements that comply with the controlling forces of their own organisation (Leigh, 2013).

This paper seeks to critically analysis the contemporary professional issues of social work practitioners responsible for children and families. Reconciliation of both reflective and purposeful models of practice will be considered within the context of the professional environment. In addition theories of paradox and change will be discussed in relation to the ethical integrity of the practitioner. To begin with however, it is necessary to establish the prerequisite for professionalism…

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