The Grand Challenges might be thought of as a way of focusing social work’s efforts to create new, innovative approaches to the difficulties faced by society. Executive summary. Social workers who have a strong sense of what social work can provide to the team have the ability to communicate that vision in the work that they do. When a client’s actions mirror their intentions, an ethical dilemma will rarely present itself in the social work context. You are there to help people with their problems. Here are 10 obstacles every social worker must overcome. By using scientific methods, Richard Barth, president of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, said these Grand Challenges can become issues of the past. Social work case management has traditionally been fraught with challenges and complexities with few good solutions. Social workers like you bring valuable perspectives to complex, critical social justice challenges like the 12 Grand Challenges. Download this report as a PDF. In this post, we’ll cover the 9 most common client problems and how to prevent them. To develop your career in this direction, strengthen your background in social welfare policy, programs, practice, and ethics, as well as your legal and ethical grounding in human services and vulnerable populations. If you work with clients, let’s face it—client problems are inevitable. Someone who blatantly abuses their family members without remorse, for example, will be quickly reported by a social worker without much internal conflict on the reporter’s part. It's a part of the job description. However, the era of technology has changed all that. My social work supervisor said a social workers best friend is the yellow pages. Utilizing software and programs to help with client tracking frees up social workers to focus on what is truly important: serving their clients and communities. timeout: for those of you who don’t know what the yellow pages are, it’s a thing that might still be delivered to your doorstep 1-2 times a year and you unwrap the plastic, toss the book in the recycling bin and toss the wrapper in the trash. Dealing with new client groups is challenging for CPS, as social workers struggle to make sense of the parents' actions, by judging them based on social norms and by determining how much of parents' behaviour towards children they should tolerate (Munro, 2008). The 9 Most Common Client Problems 607 responses from 54 countries were received via an online survey, additional interviews and local surveys. When a well-intentioned client makes a misguided decision, however, […] Social workers face challenges on a daily basis. Grounded in a commitment to serve often-marginalized individuals, families, and communities, a career as a social worker may also bring a host of challenges, including the increasingly trying conditions within which we work. This report summarises the findings of an international study of the ethical challenges faced by social workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, undertaken during 6th-18th May 2020. Social workers face many challenges as they embark upon their careers. But with a little preparation, you can prevent (or greatly minimize) potential miscommunications and conflict before it happens. These problems are not always easy to deal with and neither are the people who have them. To do this work demands tenacity in the face of imperfect systems and inadequate funding. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics is a set of guiding principles to assist social workers in making decisions in the best interests of their clients, even if they might contradict what we might do in our personal lives. These decisions are not always easy – especially when two guiding principles come into conflict. Some of these challenges are due to external forces, such as national and local policies, agency protocols, and client’s unique life circumstances that may be beyond a social worker’s control.