Social Work Policy Change

Social work services policy formulation and implementation were controversial areas in the UK, until the introduction of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) in the 1970s. Continuous difficulties characterized the coordination of service user groups that targeted children for social work. Social welfare agencies that existed earlier on faced a lot of challenges in managing the operation of their organizations due to poor or lack of statutory and organizational framework. Resources to facilitate the activities of these groups were difficult to find since the sector lacked policies that would attract and maintain funding agencies for the continuation of their services (Kirton, 2008, p76). The obligation of transforming internal controls and organizational policies of the social work agencies remained within the hands of the agencies themselves. Serious concerns have been raised concerning the preparedness of these agencies to formulate and implement internal policies that would promote cohesion and competence in their child safeguarding roles. In this study, policy issues have been explored and options to improve the situation in social work for children safeguarding.

Lately, it has been increasingly important to incorporate several stakeholders in the realization of better services in the children’s social work programs. Using a Critical Perspective On Safeguarding Children, the impacts of synergism developed by bringing several players are maximized (Broadhurst et al, 2009, p122). The approach utilizes the strength gathered from different disciplinary backgrounds to assist in making the service delivery more comprehensive and coherent. Chances of incorporating all needy children into the various social work programs become higher when collective responsibility takes charge at the policy and implementation levels. Initially proposed by the Labour Party in the UK, the Critical Perspective On Safeguarding Children, every sector is involved in making a contribution to the overall operation and organization of the programs handling children’s welfare.