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NASoW Calls on Govt. To Regulate Social Work Practice

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By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan

The Nigeria Association Of Social Workers (NASoW) has called on the government to come up with a regulatory framework that will regulate the  practice of social works in the country in order to address various challenges facing the association

The Association, at its  35th Annual General Conference held in Ibadan also advocated for contemporary training of its members to be able to adapt and find solutions to dynamic social problems in the society

In a paper presented on the theme of the Conference ” Social Work Regulatory Framework: A Pathway To Promoting Effective Relationship ”  by Prof. James Ayangunna of the Department of Social Work, University of Ibadan, pointed out that the aim of a regulatory  framework is to enable social work in Nigeria and elsewhere, to operate  streamlined, proportionate and efficient systems and processes which adapt to emerging opportunities, challenges and best practices

Prof. Ajagunna said without a regulatory body for social work practice, it will be difficult to have quality and standardized practice adding that “practice shall be akin to a guest work with no dignity attracted”

He hinted that a bill on this had hitherto been presented to  President Mohammadu Buhari for assent but was declined due to faults noticed, but said had been rectified and will soon be represented for assent

“Without regulation, we have seen quite a lot of  problems involving especially, minors in the country. People are establishing homes at will, they will pretend to be doing a kind of welfare services but at the end of the day,it will end up to be a baby factory where they will be manufacturing babies for sale

“Some of these homes are registered with government but the care not doing what said they will be doing, if we now put a regulation or a bill that has been assented to by the President and is regulating the practice, making it compulsory for every home , orphanage and rehabilitation centre to have social workers, these social workers in these homes and centers will be held responsible for whatever altercations they might have caused

“Everybody calls him or herself social worker and you wonder who truly is a social worker, but when one is licensed to practice, then he will be under a body  that had licensed that fellow to practice

“Professionals of other bodies like doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, Accountants among others when they misbehave, they are taking to their bodies for sanctions. What we are saying is that you cannot sanction someone you don’t control

“If government assent to the bill, they even have the power to revoke it, we are not removing the hand of government from the bill, let the bill be approved and let social workers to be prepared to sustain it,” he stated

The University Don urged NASoW to make it a priority to institute an acceptable, functional regulatory framework adding that this can be  achieved through consistently, focused individual members and corporate efforts and positive relationship with the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary

Speaking with newsmen, Oyo State Chairman of the Association, Mr Adegoke Ayodele, noted that lack of regulatory framework poses serious challenges to the Association

Ayodele said it has become imperative for members to undergo contemporary training programmes to meet the dynamism witnessed in the cause of tackling social problems in their day- to-day  work engagement.

 

 

 

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