Social work practice with children in Botswana

Issues, challenges, and future prospects

Authored by: Pelonomi M. Letshwiti-Macheng , Rodreck Mupedziswa

The Handbook of Social Work and Social Development in Africa

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472468512
eBook ISBN: 9781315557359
Adobe ISBN: 9781317029380


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This chapter discusses issues and challenges relating to social work practice with children in Botswana, an area where social workers play a pivotal role within a welfare system inherited from the British. It begins by examining the evolution of social work in Botswana before considering the socioeconomic and political reality within which child welfare work is conducted. It then outlines the policies and services surrounding child welfare practice before illustrating the role of social workers within a prominent nongovernment organisation (NGO). It ends with some suggestions relating to the ongoing challenge of relevance and appropriateness for social workers within child welfare services.

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