Question 1. A child protection worker has to take into
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Question 1A child protection worker has to take into consideration a lot of factors so that the issues of childabuse and neglect could be effectively addressed. These workers are responsible for a) assessingthe safety of children, b) intervention in order to protect children from harm; c) strengthening theabilities of families for the protection of their children, and d) providing or suggesting a meansfor either a reunification or an alternative of safe family for the children (Wolfe, & Pierre, 1989).Abuse and neglect of children in a family can be due to many reasons but the effects on thechildren because of any which reasons are very grave. So, the intervention needed at theseinstances by the child protection workers should be in a constructive manner. The interventionshould provide not only the remedy but should also prevent future maltreatment of the children.They should make sure that the negative consequences be thwarted away. In the present scenario,it is clear that Michael is suffering from depression and mental illness, so, he is totally unable totake care of his kids. So, his wife Penny should be provided support and strength to take care ofthe family.The child protection workers do not work in vacuum. They have to conduct family assessment aswell to ensure the safety of the children (Wissow, 1995). So, the child workers can work out theirplans without mother blaming by following ways:Identification of family strength to provide a strong foundation.A case plan describing how family will work towards achieving positive outcomes.A permanent plan that identifies the effective alternative procedures with which thereunification could be achieved. The plan for reducing the risk regarding the maltreatment by the identification as well asaddressing those factors that place children at risk.Question 2Sometimes, families seem to be at risk because its wellbeing particularly that of its children arethreatened due to individual, parental and family circumstances. These are called vulnerabilitieswith which no just the children but the whole family is at risk of poor physical or mental health.The example of possible factors due to which families become vulnerable are poverty, singleparenting, unemployment, unhealthy relationships between parenting, depression, substanceabuse or social isolation (Widom, 2001). The family discussed in the present scenario is vulnerable primarily due to the depression ofMichael. Michael is living with social anxiety and depression for quite some time and his familyhas tried to do whatever it takes to cure him. But the situation is not any better even after somany things being done. It was quite clear when his wife went away for some time and his houseconverted into a complete mess. His children could not take care of themselves, so, withoutproper care by anyone, they were in bad condition as well as hungry. So, obviously the familyhas been rendered very vulnerable once the mother was out of the house. These children havebeen living in such an environment for quite long, so there will certainly be a negative effect on
their psyche (Silverman, Reinherz, & Giaconia, 1996). The other factor that can be associatedwith this family is certain degree of social isolation. As a matter of fact, parenting cannot bedone outside a wider context of community and societal relationships. This family seems to be alittle bit disconnected from the society because of the prevalence of negative environment in it.The children were not wearing proper clothes and nobody seemed to have visited them andhelped them with that. It has been observed that families that are vulnerable are also oftenfinancially weak, so, it is hard time for them to use services and take care of their interests.Question 3A culturally sensitive practice refers to the practices that acknowledge and incorporate theimportance of culture into the society. When we assess the cross-cultural relations, analyzedynamics resulting from cultural differences and expand our cultural knowledge into the domainwider public perception, then the unique cultural needs are met (Kaur, 2014). In Australia, it isvery important to understand the value of culturally sensitive practices on the part of socialworkers. So, the following are some important reasons for them to utilize culturally sensitivepractice:1.Understanding the family values and its belief system: according to the studies, thefamily origin has a significant role to play in shaping and influencing a child’sperspective. The social workers can get a fair idea about culturally and linguisticallydifferent parents who live in their collectivist traditional cultures in which their childrenare raised and educated. The aboriginal culture in Australia has been there forthousands of years and so are their cultural norms. They should be given due respect.2.Cultural identity and belonging: most of the families that are culturally different tendto pass on their values and belief systems to the next generation. The culture greatlyinfluences the child upbringing and communication between the parents and theirchildren. So, the social practitioners are required to display a profound culturalsensitivity whenever they have to work with children and people (Kaur, 2014). ManyCALD parents are always in apprehension that their children will lose their cultures andtraditional values.3.Religion and spirituality: it is very important for the social workers and practitionersto demonstrate an understanding and awareness as to how the culturally differentchildren or people for that matter would like to sustain their religion and spirituality.They are also required to be mindful as to where is no culturally matched placementregarding any kind of challenges or issues that could emerge due to different religionand culture.
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