This blog sums up what we've heard social workers verbalize. Rules and paperwork are stifling social work practice, meaning much less time is spent with service users.
Great article and definitely worth the quick read. This blog effectively sums up what I have heard numerous, incredible, dedicated and committed social workers across the country verbalize.
One of the statements offered in this article echoes statements made throughout child welfare agencies all over, “Child protection social work in particular has become so bureaucratic and paper-laden that 80% of a practitioner’s time is spent form-filling rather than supporting service users.”
The author goes on to point out how this process contributes to high caseloads and long hours, which results in rapid burnout. There are also a number of supporting pieces associated with this article that are worth a click.