Section 2. - Possibilities of Social Work within the Framework of Public Administration from the Perspective of Supporting Person in his/her Social Environment

Social work in public administration is a specific sphere of social work because it is characterized by strong pressure on the bureaucratic ways of working. Poor participants awareness of social work as a discipline and a profession can lead to contradictory perceptions of the objectives of social work. Therefore, social workers can find themselves in the eternal dilemma between values ​​of bureaucratic organization and values ​​of the social work as profession. One of these core values ​​is to support people in their natural social environment.

Section should answer questions on dilemmas arising in connection with the support of people in their natural social environment in the context of a bureaucratically oriented public administration. These may be especially dilemmas associated with roles and values ​​resulting from the predominance of the organization's mission, dilemmas arising from conflicts of interests, the question of openess entry of non-bureaucratic subjects cooperating on stated goals of support or the topic of external professional support to social workers. Barriers to support people in their natural environment may be other possible phenomenas such as political pressures, hierarchical power distribution, management approaches, lack of expertise leadership etc. The section should also seek answers and examples of good practice how emerging dilemmas, issues and pressures can be deal with in behalf of  clients of social work.

(guarantor: Mgr. et Mgr. Radka Janebová, Ph.D., prof. PhDr. Libor Musil, CSc.)
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Sep 21, 2016, 12:03 AM