CASE STUDY ASSIGNMENT: SOCIOLOGY ( FICTIONAL )
Sabrina is a 22 year old woman with no formal qualifications, who currently lives with her boyfriend Craig, 28 years old, in private, rented accommodation. Sabrina works part-time at a local petrol station, often working unsociable hours. Craig is in receipt of Disability allowances for an industrial injury sustained three years ago. He has limited mobility and requires regular out-patient treatments. The couple have a son, four years old and a daughter of 14 months. When Sabrina is working the children sometimes stay with her Father who lives quite nearby. Craig’s parents are both deceased and Sabrina’s Mother lives in Zimbabwe with her partner.
Lately, Sabrina has begun to struggle with shift patterns and has become agitated and depressed. Her Father has found it increasingly difficult to look after the children at such short notice, as her boyfriend Craig is spending more time with his friends, playing golf and going fishing, sometimes on trips away.
Sabrina has visited her GP expressing anxieties about her situation and relationships and requesting formal counselling. Some of her thoughts, according to the GP are of a suicidal nature. Additionally, the GP is aware of previous involvement with the Social Care agency for substance misuse and is concerned enough to consider referring the matter to the agency, in order that they may undertake a ‘risk assessment’. Sabrina is against such a referral and when she shares the information with her boyfriend he becomes aggressive and angry blaming Sabrina for their current difficulties.
Sabrina visits the Social Care agency a few days later requesting practical and financial support in relation to the children. The office is aware of the GP’s concerns, and the duty manager feels that the situation requires allocating to a worker and monitoring. Over the next few months you are the social worker identified in this case………….
The starting point of the analysis is the case study, not the literature.
Read carefully and identify which problems/difficulties exist for the service user.
Try to understand why these problems exist.
Make some kind of hypothesis as to where the problems stem from.
Support your hypothesis with the literature in order to develop objective views.
Search the literature for competing arguments and approaches put forward by theorists/researchers.
Compare, contrast and critically evaluate the literature against your own case study.
Remember to stay focussed on the assessment criteria provided.
The difficulties the service user faces may be addressed in both hierarchical and circular ways.
Remember you are not making an assessment of the situation rather demonstrating your understanding of the links between theory and practice in order to interpret the difficulties from various perspectives.
Consider the strengths and limitations of the Service user and the possible explanations involved.
Finally appraise the pertinent/big issues in relation to anti-oppressive/discriminatory practice in light of your findings.
The lecturer’s recommended approach:
Questions (starting point)
Evaluation Theories & Concepts Claims
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