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Ubuntu in action : towards the empowerment of state-appointed social workers in the Limpopo Province

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Staden, Frederik Johannes en March, Charmaigne Caroline en 2010-09-29T09:35:05Z 2010-09-29T09:35:05Z 2010-06 2010 en
dc.identifier.citation March, Charmaigne Caroline (2010) Ubuntu in action : towards the empowerment of state-appointed social workers in the Limpopo Province, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Poverty, violence, unemployment, the high rate of HIV/Aids and a lack of resources are some of the issues the South African government is currently trying to address. Victims of crime and violence have special needs that require early intervention. Studies show that if left unattended, victims may show maladjustment in their social, marital and work environments; receiving assistance and support following victimisation therefore holds many benefits for the victim. The Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP) announced by government as part of the National Crime Prevention Strategy is meant to address these needs. The VEP is a comprehensive, multifaceted, intersectoral model that brings together integrated service delivery for victims of crime and violence. One of the mandates of the Department of Social Development as the lead department of the VEP is to provide services that empower and meet the needs of communities and individuals who are considered victims. This study seeks to justify why it is beneficial to use a participatory learning approach when designing and conducting „in-service‟ continuing professional development training courses for state-appointed social workers working within the field of victim empowerment (VE) in South Africa. It also advocates for the theoretical approaches of experiential problem-based learning and psychosocial empowerment, and discusses the use of a crossover of theories from the different disciplines of mainstream psychology, community psychology and social work. The vision of a new South Africa based on post-1994 ANC government policies is outlined and the history of the field of socio-economic development and community development is discussed. Mainstream psychology‟s contribution to community development, and the tenets of community psychology, participation and empowerment, are applied in the design of an „in-service‟ short course. The primary focus of the study is on the range of skills and abilities needed to initiate and maintain successful VE services. These include the following: skills in group process facilitation; skills in intersectoral collaboration (referral and networking) with other governmental departments and other healthcare professionals; knowing how to establish and maintain forums; an understanding of the principles and tools of participatory learning and action; skills required for designing, organising and presenting workshops; project management, and the monitoring and evaluation of VE projects. This study elucidates how critical the „in-service‟ training of VE social workers is within the new social development paradigm in South Africa, and offers key considerations and recommendations regarding future „in-service‟ training programmes/short courses for state-employed social workers involved in VE services. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xxii, 198, 35 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Victim Empowerment Programme en
dc.subject Community psychology en
dc.subject Developmental social welfare en
dc.subject Adult experiential learning en
dc.subject Capacity development en
dc.subject Ubuntu en
dc.subject In-service training en
dc.subject Empowerment en
dc.subject Participatory learning and action en
dc.subject Social programme implementation en
dc.subject.ddc 361.3096825
dc.subject.lcsh Ubuntu (Philosophy) en
dc.subject.lcsh Social sciences and state -- South Africa -- Limpopo en
dc.subject.lcsh Human services personnel -- South Africa -- Limpopo -- Management en
dc.subject.lcsh Life skills -- Study and teaching -- South Africa -- Limpopo en
dc.subject.lcsh Employee empowerment -- South Africa -- Limpopo en
dc.subject.lcsh Self-actualization (Psychology) en
dc.subject.lcsh Social workers -- In-service training -- South Africa -- Limpopo en
dc.subject.lcsh Employees -- Training of -- South Africa -- Limpopo en
dc.subject.lcsh Victims of crimes -- South Africa -- Limpopo en
dc.subject.lcsh Social service -- South Africa -- Limpopo en
dc.subject.lcsh Social workers -- South Africa -- Limpopo en
dc.title Ubuntu in action : towards the empowerment of state-appointed social workers in the Limpopo Province en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Psychology en D. Litt. et Phil. (Psychology) en

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