Supervision and Coordination of Social Welfare Services in Bangladesh

Supervision and Coordination of Social Welfare Services in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, social welfare or social service activities are conducted at government and private levels. The Ministry of Social Welfare is currently responsible for coordinating social welfare programs at all levels. Under it, the Department of Social Services mainly carries out implementation and coordination of government social welfare activities. Outside the Department of Social Services, there are various rules and regulations for government social welfare, autonomous and non-governmental or space social welfare programs, such as the Registration and Control of Voluntary Organizations Ordinance 1961, which play an important role in the integration of social welfare programs.

Department of Social Services: The most important and main organization of social welfare under the Ministry of Social Welfare. This organization is responsible for coordinating all social welfare programs, government or non-government. A director general is the administrative head of the organization. The Director General conducts and coordinates all social welfare activities at the national level. In addition to the Director General, the Department of Social Services has three directors, three additional directors, eight deputy directors and assistant directors and other officers and employees.

 In 1974, on the recommendation of the Administrative Restructuring Committee, the Social Welfare Department under the Ministry of Social Welfare was upgraded to the Department of Social Services. At present, the activities of the Department of Social Services have been extended to the whole country.

The project council coordinates social welfare programs at the local or project level. It is performed in two ways;

  1. The City Project Council coordinates activities conducted under the City Social Services (USS).
  2. The activities conducted under Grameen Sarajevan are coordinated by Upazila Sarajevan Samovar Parishad. At the project level, social service officers play a key role in this.

Department of Youth Development and Youth Welfare Council: These organizations coordinate the programs taken for the welfare of the youth.

Social Work Agency and Supervision: To identify the social agencies has been mentioned in the Social Work Dictionary is that "Social Agency is an organization of facility that delivers social service under the auspices of a board of directors and is usually staffed by human services  personnel...The board members set overall policy and administrators coordinate activities to carry out those policies .The organization has explicit bylaws that determine which clients to serve, what problems to combat, and what methods to use in providing service.

Examples of social welfare organizations are social security offices, hospitals, community service centers, family planning societies etc.

The Social Work Dictionary says about administrative supervision in social welfare organizations-Administratively, supervision often assign cases to the most appropriate social worker discuss the assessment and intervention plan and review the social workers ongoing contact with client.

Supervision plays an educational role in social welfare organizations. According to the Social Work Dictionary "Educationally, supervision is geared toward helping the social worker better understand social work philosophy and agency policy, become more self-aware, know the agency's and community's resources establish activity priorities and refine knowledge and skill. In real sense, supervision is an important process in a social welfare organization, its real purpose is to achieve the main goal of the organization through increasing the skills of the staff and improving the quality of work.

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