Skills and Attritutes required for Professional Social Workers, Gadag

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Skills and Attributes required for Professional Social Workers in the new millennium :

Skills and Attributes required for Professional Social Workers in the new millennium N.V. Vasudeva Sharma Executive Director, CRT-Child Rights Trust Paper presented at the State level Social Work Seminar on the theme “Re-Constructing the boundaries of social work profession for the new millennium”, on 26 th April 2013, KKSS BSW College & P.G. (MSW) Center, Gadag, Karnataka

Development dilemma :

Development dilemma “South is improved. We are planning to move away to North”; “India has made tremendous development in the recent decades. Economic developments are key indicators…. India has reported to the international community that it has achieved a lot in the field of education, health, food, clothing, shelter, etc., So, India has developed in the last century, we are shifting our attention to other countries”.

Is this true? :

Is this true? Let us accept there are changes, improvements, developments. But, who is benefited out of it? What are the indicators of development?

Development Indicators… unscientific :

Development Indicators… unscientific Maqbool Haq, Economist from Pakistan Amartya Sen, Economist from India ? Is money the development indicator ? Arms and army ? Food production ? Electricity, oil or dams…

New development indicators:

New development indicators Life expenctancy Literacy Education Standard of life Measuring these reveals about development of a nation or a community

The chalenge:

The chalenge Countries like India have achieved a few , But not reaching all… The challenge today is sustaining the changes, developments and improvements. If we don’t pay attention and don’t invest in them we will soon fall back.

Into the New millennium?:

Into the New millennium? The first two millennium… from social work point of view. European social movements India dasa movement, Buddha, Basava, Pule, Gandhi, Vinoba Now to the new millennium…

India and our social issues:

India and our social issues Achieveents :– food production, shelter, industry, scientific advancements, etc. Social problems : ever growing population; illiteracy; caste, class, gender discrimination; corruption at various levels; child labour; political instability; child marriages; lack of health services; ageing, disability, poverty; landlessness or land grabbing by Govt. and private bodies, etc.

Social problems a global issue:

Social problems a global issue Almost all the countries of the world are facing social problems in varying degrees. To solve their problem they create problems to others : trade, war, agreements, politics, etc. Current mantra is LPG-Liberalisation, Privatisation and Globalisation!

MDG-Millennium Development Goals:

MDG-Millennium Development Goals UN Special Millennium Session (2000) goals to be achieved by 2015. Eradicating  extreme poverty and hunger , Achieving  universal primary education , Promoting  gender equality  and  empowering  women, Reducing  child mortality  rates, Improving  maternal health , Combating  HIV/AIDS ,  malaria , and other diseases, Ensuring environmental  sustainability , and Developing a global partnership for development.

MDG and Social Work:

MDG and Social Work NGOs , social workers, Govt., & pvt. sector are addressing these. 2013, several countries, including India, have failed to reach the much heralded MDGs. To track the achievements of these goals India set up Inter Ministerial Expert Committee in November 2004.

Social problems vs service, profit, RIGHTS:

Social problems vs service, profit, RIGHTS Governments - policies, law, budgets and welfare programmes; Private bodies (with profit motive) – R & D Academic institutions - research and training Media - watchdog NGOs & CBOs - field interventions, action research, advocacy, lobbying and social action

The big problem:

The big problem Lack of coordination among Govt., private sector, academics and the NGOs; All indulging in interventions without consulting the community or the clientele. This continues in the same manner in the new Millennium too.

Social Work in the new millennium :

Social Work in the new millennium Mahatma Gandhi, ‘ Samagra Grama Sevaks .’ Sevaks are not to do everything singlehanded in the villages. Vilagers are not passive receivers of the services given by these sevaks . Sevaks facilitate ‘the way for helping themselves’. NGOs even today are not oriented to the principles of ‘helping people to help themselves’. Government and CSR-Corporate Social Responsibility : pride and satisfaction in providing services, material and comfort without considering the participation.

Social Work in the new millennium-2 :

Social Work in the new millennium-2 “The post-2015 development agenda needs to return to the principles of human rights and justice, peace and democracy as enshrined in the Millennium Declaration,” - Amartya Sen , Nobel Laureate Governments and civil society should work towards prevent violence on weaker sections of the society : women, children, poor, minorities, etc. The challenge : application of social work methods, our goals now should be towards upholding the RIGHTS of the people.

Skills for professional social workers in the new millennium:

Skills for professional social workers in the new millennium We need appropriate skills to take up: evidence based research, rights based advocacy, lobbying, community organisation through conscientization and social action

Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (CETSW):

Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (CETSW) communicate and engage promote and enable assess and plan intervene and provide services work in organizations develop professional competence

Skills that are inevitable…:

Skills that are inevitable… Professional social workers getting organised and communicating with each other; Learn from the experiences of others; Respect the community knowledge, Listen to the people; Document and continue to theorise on the basis of evidence based research. Rural reorganisation with a goal to rural development.


Conclusion The face of social work is changing. ‘Social work practice is forced to shift from long term sustainability to short term outcomes’ Even in the new millennium oppression will continue to be the main issue social workers need to tackle. Get prepared to examine, challenge and change our attitudes and prejudices and adapt to the changing situations. Stick to rights perspective because state or the agents of the state are the oppressors and violators of rights.

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N.V. VASUDEVA SHARMA Executive Director, CRT-Child Rights Trust, 4606, 6 th Floor, High Point IV, Palace Road, Banglaore 560001, Mob. 9448472513 email; Member, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (2009-12) Former Chairperson, CWC-Child Welfare Committee, Bangalore. (2003-09)

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