Social Problems

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Social problems are inevitable in any society. Several philosophers and theorist have studied this phenomenon and came up with several patterns that have to be present for a social problem to be considered as such. These conditions are deemed necessary due to the complex nature of society, people’s values and beliefs about what is wrong or right or what is normal or abnormal. A social problem is defined as something that is wrong within a social context. However social conditions are classified as social problems if, according (Wright & Weiss, 1980), they are observable, possess subjective analysis, they are solvable, there are actual claims makers who define the social condition as a problem and are actively trying to convince others that…show more content…
(Anglin, 2002) Points out those societies construct their ideas of childhood and family through a system of social customs and laws that evolve over time within the changing broader philosophical and cultural context. This means that societies construction of child and family is shaped by micro, mezzo and macro factors within and around that society. For example national laws are influenced by international bodies such as United Nations that created the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as well as the United Nations declaration on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, 1959) as sited in Anglin, 2002) These are universal conventions on the rightful treatment of children in an ideal society. Predisposed assumptions of who is child is outlined as being in need of protection, incompetent, incomplete, vulnerable and that the family is the primary agent for providing the needs of the child. However with this heavy reliance on legislation to remedy social issues there comes challenges with service provision for child case workers. According to Panton, this increased reliance on legislation for the correction of social problems creates conflict between social provision and legal. The challenges come because the definition of social problems based on laws focus on finding outif the child’s wellbeing is threatened and if such the question arise of whether the child goes into state…show more content…
For this reason, one cannot simply assume that all agents involved in a certain social problem have the same understanding of it in terms of definition, conditions, remedies etc. Hence in knowing if Social problems have to be observable both those affected and those that observe it has to come to a consensus that it is indeed a social problem; child protection came out if the need to enforce the assumptions that are associated with modern interpretation of who a child is. Hence child protection rest on the very notion that a child is vulnerable, incompetent, incomplete needs guidance and family support. Based on these conditions laws and entities are implemented to protect the rights of children. However difficult arrises from the assumption are that these conditions were formed from observers who view child protection from an ideal society namely functionalist view point; because the conditions are not practical in all settings and they appear vague. According to Otway the bureaucratization of social work with children and families gives rise to an approach there is now a concentration of agreements, task completion and skills training instead of therapeutic interventions. This methodology shifts the social workers’ approach from people-oriented to task-oriented. This in child care protection poses
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