DISCUSSION POST # 1
Nina is a thirteen year old that has faced lots of environmental and possibly physical abuse. She comes from a country of violence, sexual abuse, and drugs. Her language may also be a barrier for the social worker. The separation from her family who is still in her old country plays a big part of how she may development and the constant wonder of how they are doing could be seriously harming Nina mentally and emotionally. She is now having problems at school. The family she is living with now could assist the social worker with the current changes they see in Nina. Ms. Jenkins is dealing with a difficult situation that many social workers face. She does not speak the Q’eqchi language and her decision of how to help Nina must be an ethical decision for the best interest for Nina as well as focus on her family.
The NASW Code of Ethics must be followed in this matter. The social worker must protect and serve Nina despite all of these issues that are present. Nina’s well-being is very important when addressing NASW Code of Ethics. It would be best that Ms. Jenkins get in contact some kind of way with Nina’s former social worker. Nina has good rapport with her former social worker so if she could contact the social worker maybe she could get advice on what to do about Nina’s case. The social worker will need to follow The NASW Code of Ethics in this case to ensure that Nina is well served and that she is comfortable releasing information to her.
Cournoyer, Barry R. (2014). The Social Work Skills Workbook (7th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/ Cole
DISCUSSION POST #2
Social Workers are often faced with higher caseloads. In the vignette, their is limited funding and their is only one social worker in the school system with 5000 children. The funds are provided by a school board committee. With Nina being a 13 year old Guatemalan female, she is being faced with several problems that needs attention. Nina is being introduced to a new environment with different types of races. With Nina being displaced from her family in search of a better life, Nina has to overcome some major some major barriers with getting accustomed to another environment as well as learning how to speak another language.
Nina lived in a property stricken 3rd world country. Nina parents are poor and , making a living by farming. Being sent unaccompanied across the boarder, Nina was exposed to drugs, sex, violence, and a unstable government. With Nina being placed in a home in Texas and not knowing how to speak fluent English, Nina was placed with barriers on her life. Nina felt alone and out of the place. The fact is not denied that Nina was willing to come to the United States in search of a better life. Nina did develop a positive relationship with the social worker at the home.
The ethical decision making process was used by the social worker at the Texas home so that Nina could be placed with relatives instead of in a home with people she did not know. The social worker needs to use the ethical decision making model to determine Nina’s needs and personal values. Nina has being exposed to ethical dilemmas because he previous social worker has not informed Nina’s current social worker of Nina’s background. Nina is also faced with an ethical dilemma because she do not want to have another social worker. With Nina not wanting to switch social workers, Nina is being exposed to self harm because she is not ready for change. Let’s keep in mind that Nina is 13 years old, so she does have that right to voice her own opinion about her personal life.
As a social worker, the code of ethics should be used so that Nina can be protected. Nina is considered a vulnerable child so the code of ethics should be used to understanding the underlying problems of Nina and what can be done to develop a positive relationship with Nina. Mrs Jenkins does have a high case load, being the only social worker in a school system of 5,000 children. With the social services program being slowly funded, Mrs. Jenkins is limited on resources. As a social worker, Mrs. Jenkins has to put on many helps to work with the resources she has to ensure that Nina and the other children are being provided with help and whatever other resources are available. To help Nina, Mrs. Jenkins could also reach out to Nina’s previous social to obtain known information about Nina.