I can see that her direct family - direct meaning anybody that can be contacted and can be of help at this very instance - is her sister who can help and guide Sandra all throughout this difficult time of her being single parent.
I may also take the initiative of contacting her husband Derek, who visits Sandra occasionally, so that some moves or suggestion of reconciliation, sort of, could be initiated. The couple needs advice, a marriage counseling. If that is not possible, because maybe Derek has gone astray, I have to give more words of encouragement to Sandra to help her to go on with her life. Then I will have to encourage also her sister to help Sandra and give her the necessary support. At this time, Sandra and her children will not be in a good situation if they are placed in the care or support of the Social Services. What this family needs is guidance and support. Support for a part-time job for her to help in the expenses can also make a difference.
My job is to guide her, like a sister or a mother that guides and gives her love and moral support that she so desperately needs at the moment. With her sister, we can make a difference on the life of Sandra and her two children.
I can make regular visits on Sandra, even help her sometimes tend or look after the kids. She can not do it alone, but I can help her do it alone. This is my job and this is what I have sworn to uphold. I can also give her advices on the proper care of children, of being a single parent. Financially, I can help her find a suitable job for her, not provide her with what the government can offer, like financial aid. First that must be avoided is to make her dependent of any grant from the government or the private sector.
Making her real independent and inspiring her to be a successful mother are challenges of my being a social worker. Sandra's success as a single parent, raising two kids at a ripe age of 21, will be my success not only as a social worker but in life as a whole.
2. Assessment of Need and Risk of a Case Study
Ms X, a victim of Alzheimer
Ms X's situation has turned into an ethical dilemma. The social worker has got to do something.
In the case at hand, Ms X is 85 years old and has Alzheimer disease, with many signs of the disease showing. Her situation has become complicated because of the following:
she has left her cooker turned on and wandered out of the house without clothes on several occasions
she became violent when her daughter tried to take her home on one occasion, causing her daughter to be admitted to hospital with severe cuts and bruises
her daughter and neighbours have asked for an assessment by the social worker demanding that Ms X be admitted to a psychiatric hospital
A question of legal and moral aspects arises because Ms X has refused to go to a hospital for an assessment of her condition and believes that her daughter should spend time with her.
The social worker now has the duty to assess the need and risk of Ms X whether she has to be maintained at home or admitted in a hospital. She has to make sure that the rights of the service user, the carer and the community are