The social worker as care manager .
Social workers may also have a role as care manager. They may be involved
in arranging care for clients/service users but be involved in very little direct contact
with the clients whose care they are organising. In the mixed economy of care,
social workers may arrange care for individuals which is carried out by non qualified
social workers or those working within the voluntary or private sectors.
Social work administrators should advocate within and outside
their agencies for adequate resources to meet clients’ needs.
Social workers should advocate for resource allocation
procedures that are open and fair. When not all clients’ needs can be
met, an allocation procedure should be developed that is
nondiscriminatory and based on appropriate and consistently applied
Social workers who are administrators should take reasonable
steps to ensure that adequate agency or organizational resources are
available to provide appropriate staff supervision.
Social work administrators should take reasonable steps to ensure
that the working environment for which they are responsible is
consistent with and encourages compliance with the NASW Code of
Ethics. Social work administrators should take reasonable steps to
eliminate any conditions in their organizations that violate, interfere
with, or discourage compliance with the Code .