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Document Typology: Web Article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Parents pedagogy
Title of document: Can family assistants act effectively?
Name of author(s): Rafał Gębura
Name of publisher: – portal organizacji pozarządowych
Language of the publication: Polish
Language of the review: English
The author of the article discusses the subject of newly introduced by legislators, job which is a family assistant. It shows its main role – they have to assist a family, which are undergoing difficulties, they support parents in child and elderly people care. The path of achieving the aim of a family assistant job is shown – a common search for solutions. “We talk, share our experience, we suggest, we encourage...” – this is how one of the interviewed assistants describes his work. The job of a family assistant has been legalized. Since January 2012 it is described in the Act on Family Support and Foster Families. According to this law the job done by a family assistant cannot be combined with a social worker job. The problem lies in lack of qualified personnel – none of the universities has introduced courses, be it either first, second cycle or post graduate, which would train family assistants.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The reviewed article discusses a recently defined job of a family assistant. The assessment of the present situation is done from the perspective of highly engaged people, namely workers of non governmental organizations, in helping those who need this help. The article contains general information concerning the role of a family assistant, it shows its legal basis, which allows for functioning and defines a special type of people suitable for this job. The overtone of the article is not straightforward – the author notices the need of a job of a family assistant and their important roles but at the same time he focuses on imperfections of law system sanctioning this job, excessive bureaucracy and lack of educational offer addressed at the people who would like to work in this job.
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