Agt maatskaplike werkers vir die hele Khomas

15 November 2021 | Social Issues

Windhoek • [email protected]

’n Petisie wat die haglike werksomstandighede van maatskaplike werkers uitlig en geskryf deur ’n groep maatskaplike werkers in die Khomasstreek aan die ministerie van geslagsgelykheid en kinderwelsyn, het op dowe ore geval.
Die maatskaplike werkers beweer die regering versuim het om te voldoen aan die bepalings van die Wet op Kindersorg en Beskerming, wat vyf jaar gelede uitgevaardig is, wat ’n uitbreiding van die bestaande struktuur vereis.
“Dit is in Maart en April 2020 voorgestel; maatskaplike werkers word egter steeds oorwerk met beperkte hulpbronne ten spyte van hierdie voorsiening. Weens die struktuur word die beste belange van kinders en gesinne steeds in die gedrang gebring,” lui die petisie.
Die Wet maak voorsiening vir die aanstelling van maatskaplike werkers, maatskaplike hulpwerkers, gemeenskaplike kindersorgwerkers en proefbeamptes, en vir private maatskaplike werkers en kinderbeskermingsorganisasies vir sekere doeleindes.
Maatskaplike werkers in die Khomasstreek hanteer elke maand ’n gemiddeld van 442 geskille oor bewaring en toegang, insluitend agterstandsake.
Hulle hanteer ook gemiddeld elke maand 376 sake vir individuele of gesinspsigososiale ondersteuning en 555 agterstandsake in hierdie verband.
Voorvalle van geslagsgeweld staan op ’n gemiddeld van 254 gevalle per maand, terwyl hulle gemiddeld 278 geslagsgeweldsake moet hanteer.
Hulle beweer voorts dat hulle voortdurend gedreig word met lasbriewe vir inhegtenisnemings weens uitstaande hofverslae en word herhaaldelik deur die hofstelsel verneder.
Volgens hulle is die agt bestaande maatskaplike werkers met die bystand van vier senior personeellede elke maand vir minstens 2 933 sake verantwoordelik.
In die petisie het maatskaplike werkers by die ministerie gepleit om die aantal maatskaplike werkers wat ongeveer 342 141 mense in die Khomasstreek bedien, van agt tot 40 te verhoog.
Hulle het ook gesmeek vir ’n maandelikse lugtydtoelaag van N$250 aangesien die telefone by die Vroue- en Kindermishandelingsentrum buite werking bly.
Die maatskaplike werkers gaan voort om hul persoonlike tyd, selfone en lugtyd op te offer om werk te probeer afhande. Hierdie kwessies het bygedra tot uitbranding en gereelde siekverlof wat gevolglik tot ’n hoë personeelomset in die streek lei, het hulle gesê.
Die maatskaplike werkers het ook ’n beroep op die ministerie gedoen om die kinderskuiling operasioneel te maak en om meer plekke van veiligheid van kwesbare kinders te verskaf soos in die Wet op Kinderbeskerming van 2015 voorsiening gemaak word.
By navraag, het die uitvoerende direkteur van die genderministerie, Ester Lusepani, gesê sy kan nie reageer nie aangesien hulle nie die petisie van die maatskaplike werkers ontvang het nie en dit eerder van die media ontvang het.
“Ons het egter daardie kwessies reeds in verskeie vergaderings bespreek en hulle weet wat die antwoord is,” het sy gesê.

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