Discuss the structure of the organisation in which you were placed for your first practice placement.

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SW2052 Working In Organisations

 ‘Numerous legislative and fundamental policy shifts have required social care organisations to also collaborate towards the delivery of seamless and holistic services in the community within a financially demanding environment’  (Hafford-Letchfield, 2006, p3)

This piece of work aims to look at the impact of management and arrangements within organisations and how they impact upon the way social work is delivered, relating in particular to my 80 day practice placement organisation. In order to do this I am going to look at the context of the agency within the wider social care sector and the policies that have had particular impact upon the organisation. I am also going to analyse the management structure within the organisation, how the organisation is funded and the impact that funding has upon the organisation. An organisation can be defined as,  

a consciously co-ordinated entity, with a relatively identifiable boundary, that functions on a relatively continuous basis to achieve a common goal or goals’ (Robins (1990, cited in Mullender and Perrott, 1998, p75).

The organisation under discussion is situated within the voluntary sector, and is a not-for-profit charity. Taylor (1996) heralds that the Government has a ‘significant influence’ (p14) on the way that voluntary organisations work, whether it is by being a major contributor to the funding of the organisation or by ‘shaping the environment’ (p14) within which the organisation works. The charity was originally established as an orphanage but has since developed into delivering a variety of children’s services. The objectives of the organisation as stated in the Report of the Trustees are,

 ‘to work in partnership with a range of statutory and other voluntary organisations to the assessed needs of children, young people and their families, including the provision of residential and family placements for identified children and young people who are looked after and require alternative accommodation to meet their needs’  (Agency Report, 2006)

The organisation provides a residential remand facility for young people, supported lodgings, a fostering and adoption service, a range of youth projects including a young carers project, a range of youth inclusion projects, a mentoring service, an interview suite used by police when interviewing victims of abuse, and an appropriate adult service. In addition to this the organisation also provides a wide range of services to support children, young people and families in the community. The organisation also boasts a training centre which has now been accredited, the staff benefit from a wide range of training programmes including NVQ and Post Qualifying Programme, which allows the organisation to provide continuous professional development as required by the GSCC Codes of Practice (Hafford-Letchfield, 2006).  

Due to the complexity of the organisation I am going to focus this assignment on the project that I was based in within the organisation. The project primarily delivers family support work but there are many other services offered by the team; there are team members based in local primary and secondary schools who also do one to one support work with the children, they offer drop in sessions for children, parents and carers, they organise activities in the school holidays as well as sign-posting parents and carers to other services (Agency, 2006).

The social welfare sector that the agency operates within is very competitive, nevertheless the organisation is dominant within its field; the organisation began in Blackburn with Darwen and has gradually spread across the North West of England and is continuing to expand. Hafford-Letchfield (2006) informs us that,

social care organisations in particular face complex challenges in meeting ever-increasing demands to deliver higher-quality services with finite resources’ (p74).         

The organisation works in partnership with other agencies, local primary and secondary schools and the Youth Offending Team in particular, to provide a comprehensive family support service. Banks (2001) informs us the there are different value bases between different organisations and that they all work to different agendas.                

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There have been many significant pieces of legislation and policy that have stated the importance of service users having a greater influence over the services they receive (Beresford and Campbell, 1994). The organisation responds to these pieces of legislation by requesting that service users complete the given evaluation forms at the end of interventions as well having a complaints procedure in place. The project also held a development day where the service users were invited along to express their feelings about the services they received and were given a change to offer any ideas they had about the future of ...

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