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Apr 18 2012 11:30AM
 
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Zandisile Luphahla

Retired and former social workers have the chance to use their skills and expertise to improve social services in the province.

The department of social development plans to use retired and former social workers to fill the gaps in the province's social services. The department has therefore decided to establish a social work veterans forum for the province.

Department spokesperson Conrad Fortune said social services was looking for retired or veteran social workers to help "in assisting, guiding, mentoring and coaching of newly appointed social workers, as well as helping the supervision services, especially in dealing with foster care backlogs and social work administration".

The process was initiated by the national Department of Social Development in December 2010 "as a way of addressing the dire shortage of social workers and resulting service delivery gaps".

The Frances Baard district social work veterans forum will be launched on April 26 at 2pm in the boardroom in the Court Building, in Kimberley. This will be followed by the launch of the provincial forum on May 3.

The representative of this forum will serve on the national forum. Fortune said the national department was also in the process of developing a database of social work veterans

He called on former social workers to submit their details in order "to assist in building a caring society together" on April 26.

zandisilel@thenewage.co.za

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