The Auxiliary Social Worker Program

Duties of the Auxilliary Social Worker

  1. Community and family profiling: The profiling process involves family identification, verification and household assessment. Pre–identification is done by the ward committees, use of hospital and Social Development records; physical verification and a scored questionnaire. This process may last up to 6 months.
  2. Development of a personalized and relevant work plan according to each family’s reality. The family and their SAW prioritize the family’s goals, create a family development plan and establish concrete commitments that the members must fulfil in order to improve their quality of life. By including confidence-building activities that introduce the SAW to the family’s history and current situation, the SAW gains a personal and integrated knowledge of their situation. 
  3. At the end of the intensive work phase, the family and their SAW will evaluate their progress towards the completion of the minimum conditions. If the family has not completed the 10 minimums, the SAW will continue working with and guiding them. If the family has met the conditions, they will then sign a commitment contract in which they make concrete commitments designed to sustain the progress that they have made. In both cases, the personalized intervention will last 36 months (3 years) with each family.
  4. Organising families into self help groups through social mobilisation. The SAW’s initiates and sustains the process of social mobilisation for poverty eradication by formation, development and strengthening of self help groups (SHG). The entry points for organising are the issues that are key to poverty eradication. There are different entry points for different SHG depending on the local situation.