Body seeks legal right to care for destitute, abandoned kids

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Social workers under the auspices of Institute of Social Work of Nigeria (ISOWN), has called for legalisation of their activities, to enhance care for destitute and numerous abandoned kids across the country.

Speaking, yesterday, at the 8th annual conference of the organisation, Executive Director, ISOWN, Dr. John Emaimo, described such enactment as major in making social work professional in the country.

With this year’s theme: “Managing rehabilitation and reintegration in social work’ Emaimo said: “The key challenge is the aspect of enactment of law for professionalisation of social work in Nigeria. All over the world, social work is given its rightful place and I can also tell you that the difference between advanced world and developed country is social work practice.

“In advanced countries, there are ways the system takes care of under-18 children that are out of school. We also have what we call old age benefit and housing scheme for those who are of age, to be on their own and all these are social work services. Unfortunately, in our country, social work is like a common sense practice.”

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