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Social Worker (Transcript)

My name is Sharon. I’m a social worker in the children’s team and what that means is I support children and their families particularly if they’re in some form of crisis. [Voice-over: Sharon, Social Worker] We advocate for them, we link them to community services. It’s, it’s often a good starting point for families to come to see a social worker. It takes a lot of courage to come, so it’s a wrap around approach that we offer. So they may have a need and the child may have a need and will ensure that the need gets met as best we can.

What is important when working with a child with vision impairment?

That there is a really good communication that you’re really meeting that child in their uniqueness where they are at. So that could mean even to be on their level that they know who you are, that it can take time to build rapport with a child and their families. So communication is really important that the child feels, and this is social work talk, but the child feels emotionally held. So what that means is that they can trust you to be fully themselves to then to reveal what they need. So it’s rapport communication, it’s really essential that we have I think one of the good things were social workers that we can build rapport quite quickly. It’s really important that that a family feels comfortable to come to you, particularly if there’s a rawness with what they’re bringing so, communication, rapport that you’re present to them basically.

What does inclusion mean and what does it look like when it’s working well?

inclusion I think for a child is a holistic, it’s a holistic view so it’s a child within their setting so within school that it’s, that ensuring that they have access to the curriculum.

So that means that there’s a lot of professionals coming in to support to make sure that happens because each child and their needs are unique. So it inclusion would be that that it has to be holistic and it has to from the child, the family, the support workers, the teachers understand what that child or as best they can, understand what that child’s needs are. So it’s and that would be socially as well. So education socially making sure you know, how are their relationships going, so I mean we can talk about equity, access, all those things but in practice that needs

to make sure that it all happens in practice. You can talk and talk but it’s actually make it and that’s where the communication comes in that everybody feels, as in other service providers, other the parents – they feel empowered to make sure that happens for the child.  So the child feels empowered, yeah.

VisAbility, Website: www.visability.com.au

Phone: 1800 VISION