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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Landman, Liezel
Email klandman1@absamail.co.za
URN etd-10042005-153317
Document Title Integration of community development and statutory social work services within the developmental approach
Degree MSD (Social Development and Policy)
Department Social Work
Advisor Name Title
Prof A Lombard
  • policy guidelines
  • integrated social service delivery model
  • partnerships
  • social welfare policies
  • social work obstacles
  • government demands
  • trust in the social worker
  • integrated social services
  • developmental approach
  • social services
  • statutory social work services
  • community development
Date 2004-11-17
Availability unrestricted
South African welfare policies and social problems dictate social service rendering in South Africa. Social workers are involved in various service delivery interventions of which community development (macro focus) and statutory services (micro focus) are two separate specialised interventions. In social work practice there is a need for both interventions, however, there is no clear guidelines for social workers how to integrate these interventions in practice.

The aim of this study was to determine how community development and statutory services as two distinctive social work interventions could be integrated in order to render effective, integrated social services within a developmental approach.

A qualitative research approach was utilised for the study and data was gathered by means of four focus group interviews. Respondents for the study included social workers and clients who were involved in both statutory and community development interventions. Research findings indicated that statutory and community development interventions are guided by different processes, time frames, and models of implementation, such as the legislative framework in the case of statutory work as opposed to participatory models in community development. The study concluded that there is not only confusion with regard to the role of social workers, but also a high risk of clients loosing trust in the helping relationship when one social worker simultaneously does community work and render statutory services in the same community. The distinctive nature of statutory services and community development calls for other options for the integration of these two intervention levels. This study proposed three options for social workers and NGOs to integrate statutory services and community development.

Based on the research findings and conclusions of the study, the researcher proposed guidelines for (1) the development of an integrated model and (2) a policy framework for the integration of statutory services and community development within a developmental approach and finally recommended that such a designed model and policy framework be implemented and the impact thereof on social service delivery be researched.

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