The Role of the Social Workers

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Some of these problems include unemployment, lack of job skill, inadequate housing, financial distress, serious illness or disability, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancy, marital problems or anti-social behavior among others (Kumar, 2004 p.1). The role of the social workers is to find effective and immediate solutions to these conflicts, which involve spousal or child abuse by offering consultation and counseling to their clients, and ensure that they undergo the services or treatments that ought to free them from complicated situations.In this given example, Jim is suffering from a mental disease of ‘schizophrenia’ and has placed his family, especially the young children in unhealthy living conditions. Jim’s medical condition is completely beyond his control and requires immediate attention. However, the drug dependency coupled with alcohol abuse and the service of penal punishment, are factors which are directly attributable to Jim’s own misconduct. Although his wife and children have supported him in spite of his difficult ordeals, the paramount consideration should always be geared towards the best interests of their minor children, aged 11 and 13.In order to appropriately address the problem of Jim’s children, the role of the social workers extends to effective child protection. Munro (2008, p.6) has concluded that Child protection workers have to make complex judgments and difficult decisions in conditions of limited knowledge, time pressures, high emotions, and conflicting values. Therefore, analytic and intuitive reason skills are best seen as continuum, not dichotomy. The centrality of and intuition needs to be acknowledged, but practice can be improved by developing professionals’ analytic skills. It is common knowledgethat child-protection work is impressed with the high level of emotions to ensure the well-being of the children and arouse strong emotional responses in most adults.