According to reports, the raping and killing of children has been prevalent in South Africa in the past months.
Nicolette van der Walt of ACVV, a group that specialises in social work across the country, says Social workers are bombarded with so many of these cases pertaining to child abuse to an extent that it is now obvious that the country needs more social workers.
Van der Walt says one social workers has to work with as many as 200 children.
She says it is because of a lack of good salaries and resources, that we are now lacking in social workers.
Social work is a difficult profession you work with the trauma of others so not everyone is cut out to be a social worker.— Nicolette van der Walt of ACVV
She says government is playing its part by offering bursaries but because of the working conditions not many people take up the opportunity.
Another issue is that those that go on to complete their studies through the bursary scheme end up in the state departments and not child protection.
She says it is not easy to work with children because we are related to these innocent souls one way or the other, either as a parent,grandparents, aunts and uncles.
You must have passion to work with children otherwise you cannot work in the child protection field.— Nicolette van der Walt of ACVV
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