THE ROLES OF SOCIAL AUXILIARY WORKERS IN DROP-IN-CENTRES: ADDRESSING THE BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL NEEDS OF CHILDREN LIVING WITH HIV

Keywords: biopsychosocial needs of children living with HIV, children living with HIV, drop-in centre, HIV and AIDS, role and competencies, social auxiliary worker

Abstract

South Africa bears the largest burden of children living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. These children battle with multiple vulnerabilities in their lives. This qualitative study explored the roles of ten purposively sampled social auxiliary workers in addressing the biopsychosocial needs of children living with HIV at drop-in centres in Sedibeng District Municipality, South Africa. The study concluded that many of the biopsychosocial needs that children living with HIV face are not being comprehensively addressed. The study proposes the capacitation of social auxiliary workers on paediatric HIV and the biopsychosocial approach as well as improved funding for drop-in centres to increase the depth of services rendered to, and address the growing needs of, children living with HIV. 

Author Biographies

Enock Zibengwa, University of Pretoria
Department of Social work and Criminology
Nontembeko Joyce Bila, University of Pretoria
Department of Social work and Criminology
Published
2021-06-24
How to Cite
Zibengwa, E., & Bila, N. J. (2021). THE ROLES OF SOCIAL AUXILIARY WORKERS IN DROP-IN-CENTRES: ADDRESSING THE BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL NEEDS OF CHILDREN LIVING WITH HIV. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 57(2), 193. https://doi.org/10.15270/57-2-929
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