n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Rendering services in a maximum correctional facility : social workers' experiences and challenges

Special Edition 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


The article explores, using the strengths perspective as a theoretical framework, the challenges faced by social workers rendering services in a maximum correctional facility. Social workers employed by the Department of Correctional Services are involved in the rehabilitation of those incarcerated by offering a range of professional services. A qualitative study was conducted utilising a review of the literature and interviews with social workers employed at a maximum correctional facility in order to explore the challenges they face in rendering services to offenders incarcerated in a maximum correctional facility. The findings reveal that social workers' challenges include a lack of proper physical facilities, misunderstanding of the social worker's role, a lack of support and professional relationships with offenders. Based on these findings, recommendations are made that these social workers receive additional training together with the generic social work training they have already undergone.

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