Women and Social Work: Towards a woman-centred practice by Jalna Hanmer

By Jalna Hanmer

During this moment version of a vintage textual content, the adjustments within the lives of girls utilizing social prone and girls operating in them are sensitively charted with the purpose of reflecting on how non-sexist women-centred perform should be nurtured and built. holding its unique emphasis on attitudes, values and the social welfare context, the textual content explores the middle components of poverty, paintings (including delivering aid for kids and adults), violence and familial relationships, yet with a more robust emphasis at the very important diversities created through age, incapacity and employment, in addition to by way of race, classification and sexuality.

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The worker is given both the space and the theoretical perspective to enable her to recognise how the forces of society in general Women Clients and Women Social Workers 35 and of personal relationships in particular affect her responses and the practical responses of a woman using services. Without a process of recognising first commonalities and then differences, the danger of stereotyping women as 'not coping', 'at risk' or 'incapable', and the worker as 'coping' and 'invulnerable', is far greater.

A significant number of young women from less-privileged backgrounds and without work qualifications are having children independently at an earlier age than their counterparts in better paid work, who are concentrating on developing their careers (Rogers and Rogers, 1996). However, the average age of the never-married mother is now 25 years, and only 1 in 10 single mothers is under 20 (Burghes and Brown, 1995). The majority of women who use social services provision are unemployed, and those in paid work are likely to be in low-paid, insecure jobs and to have poor conditions of employment irrespective of the hours they work.

Attempts to impose financial responsibilities on men for their children in first and subsequent families through the Child Women Clients and Women Social Workers 37 Support Agency has met with substantial opposition from men because the state set limits on their rights to replace their financial responsibilities for their children and with social security. Parenting means mothering This is best illustrated by the extreme case, even if it is seen as bad practice within social work. Fathers, biological or social, who abuse their children may never or rarely be seen in subsequent monitoring of the children's progress by social workers.

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