THE PERCEPTIONS OF PRACTITIONERS OF A CHILDREN DAY CARE CENTRE ABOUT AUTHORITY OF A SOCIAL WORKER

Lina Grudulaitė

Abstract


The article seeks to reveal the importance of critical evaluation of authority of social workers. The problem of authority and different meanings attached to the role of a social worker are discussed and the practical and theoretical value of the research study is revealed. The article presents the theoretical explanations of the concept of authority and its ethical implications for social work practice at a children day care center. It also discusses the empirical findings of the qualitative case study conducted at the day care center X. The perceptions of its practitioners, what authority of a social worker means and consists of and how to gain it, are peresented. The article includes a detailed description of the specific context of the case study and indicates the selected research methods. The degree of reliability and validity of research study are also discussed. The empirical data of the case study is analyzed and discussed and conclusions are presented.

KEYWORDS: authority, social worker, ethics, children day care centers, case study.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15181/tbb.v73i1.1275


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