Social Work in Pedagogical and Educational Institutions: Case Study – Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina Cover Image

Социјални рад у васпитно- образовним установама: студија случаја – Србија и Босна и Херцеговина
Social Work in Pedagogical and Educational Institutions: Case Study – Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Author(s): Ana M. Gavrilović, Vojin Vidanović
Subject(s): Preschool education, School education, State/Government and Education, Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Present Times (2010 - today), Social Norms / Social Control
Published by: Институт за политичке студије
Keywords: social work; social problems; pedagogical and educational institutions; school social work; interventions; social mediation; Serbia; Bosnia and Herzegovina;

Summary/Abstract: The paper analyses, based on extensive research, problems of engagement of social workers in pedagogical and educational institutions of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Social work in pedagogical and educational institutions is differently defined, but authors agree in defining it as separate area of social work – school based social work. In world, school based social work has a long history of development in all of its aspects. However, experience of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in introducing school based social work has been different. In difference of most of developed countries, in pedagogical and educational system of Southeast Europe, social work isn’t included according to established needs of pupils and their families. Motivation for research of school based social work in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina is a knowledge that professional social work has been inexcusably neglected in general intention to improve pedagogical and especially social and preventive functions of education. In last two decades information of various deviations on early age have became increasingly evident, which demands engagement of adequate pedagogical and educational professions, amongst which social work is one of most important in prevention, counseling and social action aspects Various authors of this issue from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina highlight that need for professional based social work in schools and pre-school education is a great and complex and require larger and better social action. This is because of various social problems of children and pupils, that have developed in recent years. However, social care for pupils problems isn’t planned and continuous, but is dealth “from case to case”. This is in contrast with a goal of school based social work, which is prevention of social problems as well as efficient care in alleviating negative effects once problems arise. In our 2013 research in schools in Republic of Srpska (entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina) various social deviations are present in all their degrees (from mild to severe). In pre-school (kindergarten) education in Serbia, partially are present poverty of children, discrimination of poor children, discrimination of children from marginalized groups, disrespect of children rights and neglect of children. Subject of presented research is analysis of current legislation in this area, as well as a presentation of actual problems and needs of professional social work in preschool, primary and secondary educational institutions.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 131-153
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Serbian