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dc.contributor.advisor Rapholo, S. F. Mokgalapa, Agnold Masilo 2021-08-03T08:50:16Z 2021-08-03T08:50:16Z 2020
dc.description Thesis (M. A. (Social Work)) -- University of Limpopo, 2020 en_US
dc.description.abstract Foster care is the best method of alternative care for children that need care and protection. It offers children an atmosphere and environment that recognise their economic, social, educational, health and cultural needs without discrimination. The fundamental objective of foster care is to make sure children are protected and grow up in a safe and healthy environment. Notwithstanding the positive impact that comes with it, it has been confirmed worldwide that foster care suffers from serious deficiencies to an extent that the rights of children are compromised. The Department of Social Development is no exception to foster care backlogs, which result in foster care placement applications accumulating and families’ quality of life being affected and compromised. Social workers are inundated with high caseloads on a daily basis. The study employed qualitative and collective case study design. The non-probability, convenient sampling technique was followed to select twelve statutory social workers at Botlokwa Department of Social Development satellites. Out of these social workers, eight were female and four were male. Data was collected by means of literature review and semi-structured in-depth interviews guided by an interview schedule with open-ended questions. The data was analysed thematically with the help of the Nvivo programme. The study unearthed factors such as shortage of social workers, social auxiliary workers and supervisors, system deficiencies within the children’s court fraternity, insufficient tools of trade, multiple work responsibilities and lack of cooperation from clients as contributing to foster care backlogs. The findings also revealed that in order to cope with these backlogs, some social workers engage in unethical conducts such as comforting clients with lies and not attending to foster care files. Instead, they write process notes and use their own resources to execute their roles and help one another to deal with the backlogs. Therefore, it is recommended that specialisation in foster care, foster care file audit, hiring more social workers, effective working relationship between foster care stakeholders, adopting a computerised reminder system for files due for review, convenient court dates and amendment of form 30 and the advertisement of unknown fathers can be efficient measures to mitigate foster care not only at Botlokwa, but also within the Department of Social Development nationwide. The researcher therefore concludes that foster care backlogs within social work offices is real, and that to curb it requires collaborative efforts x by role players, particularly the Department of Social Development and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. en_US
dc.format.extent x, 109 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires PDF en_US
dc.subject Foster care en_US
dc.subject Adoption en_US
dc.subject Social workers en_US
dc.subject Foster children en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Foster home care -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Adoption en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social workers -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Foster children Care en_US
dc.title Experiences of social workers regarding foster care backlogs at Botlokwa in Capricorn District of Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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