What is the crux of South Africa's social worker shortage?

South Africa's qualified social workers are not being absorbed into the job market, despite the desperate need for their expertise in various communities.

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi gave listeners an opportunity to share their thoughts on the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

There's a great opportunity to make sure that children are protected and parents are given a chance to go to twork with peace of mind knowing their children are well taken care of. Who better to develop a young child than a social worker?

Udesh, caller in Joburg

We don't have a culture of taking children seriously as people. What the child feels is not important, and what the child says is not important.

Leslie, caller in Linden

One of the solutions will be to have a social worker in every primary and secondary school... Teachers don't always have the time and the expertise to deal with the problems of every child.

Jack, caller in Pretoria

I'm a social worker... My issue with placement is that I feel the government is failing the children in that there aren't many institutions where children can be placed in cases where they need care and protection.

Steven, caller in Randburg

As a retired teacher, I can say that teachers aren't trained the way social workers are trained...So eventually, those problems fall by the wayside.

Sandy, caller in Lenasia

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