Interview with a Social Worker Essay

2250 Words Jun 2nd, 2013 9 Pages
With a strong interest in child welfare, there was no question that my interview with a social worker would involve someone who is involved in this area of practice. I did a small amount of internet research and discovered the All Nations Coordinated Response Network (ANCR) in Winnipeg. I discovered that within the Child and Family Services system this agency is generally the first point of contact. With an interest in front line work, I decided to make contact with this agency in hopes of scheduling an interview. I made a phone call to ANCR and spoke to a receptionist with the agency about what I was looking to accomplish. I was more specific than I had originally planned and requested a recent graduate for the interview if possible. …show more content…
Rather than trying to define the field of social work, she provided me with the definition of her own practice. Sophia believes that the primary purpose of her social work practice is working collaboratively with families, communities and stake holders to ensure the safety of all children while being sensitive to cultural differences. Most memorable cases for Sophia are those where she is able to separate a child from an offender without removing the child from their home. She feels keeping families together while removing the oppressor is very important. Sophia would like to see more advocacy for funding towards prevention programs, keeping kids out of care and in their own communities and homes with proper resources to create a sustainable healthy environment where families are able to thrive. In closing the interview, I found that her advice to challenge myself and keep an open mind was very important. She advised me that working or volunteering in areas I may be unsure of will help me learn what my preferences are, and that they may change throughout the course of schooling and placements. In completing this interview, I have come to understand how passionate many people in social work practice are about their work. I was very nervous to complete the interview but was relieved when I found asking only a few questions can

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