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Dynamics of volunteer participation in social work : an exploration of the role and functions of service volunteers in community child and family welfare organizations

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dc.contributor.author Muller C en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T11:54:34Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T11:54:34Z
dc.date.submitted 1970 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/142068
dc.description.abstract The present study was designed to describe the dynamics of volunteer participation in social work with particular reference to casework services in community child and family welfare organisations, and to explore the role and functions of service volunteers in partnership with professional social workers in this setting. Because this field of study had not yet been systematically explored in South Africa, extensive examination of professional publications of North American and British origin constituted an essential part of the fact-finding related to the present study. Associated fieldwork was undertaken by means of a specially designed questionnaire. With the active cooperation of the South African National Council for Child Welfare, the questionnaire was administered to social workers and volunteers who were associated with child welfare societies in South Africa in September 1968. Two versions of the questionnaire, one for social workers and another for volunteers, were prepared in both Afrikaans and English. With minor exceptions, the questionnaires were of identical content. The questionnaire was completed by 100 White social workers and 100 White volunteers and the replies provided the empirical data upon which the present study is based. The development of the changing role of citizen volunteers is traced. Social profiles of the respondents who participated in the fieldwork are given. The dynamics of collaboration between professional social workers and volunteers within community welfare organisations are dealt with. The major issues covered are the differential perceptions of respondents with regard to volunteer motivation and the principle of professional-volunteer partnership. Stumbling blocks to joint collaboration between social workers and volunteers are identified and discussed. The dynamics of the administration of volunteer service programmes are discussed. The importance of agnecy policy was discussed and the views of respondents were examined with regard to the essential administrative responsibilities of welfare organisations. Findings are discussed. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Social work en
dc.subject Social work as profession en
dc.title Dynamics of volunteer participation in social work : an exploration of the role and functions of service volunteers in community child and family welfare organizations en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA (SW) en


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