NWU Vaal Social Work SPCA day

Annette Willemse -- Thu, 11/27/2014 - 11:51

NWU Vaal Social Work SPCA day

During their annual year-end meeting, the School of Behavioural Sciences at the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University (NWU Vaal) hosted an interactive presentation for their social work students, led by representatives from SPCA Vanderbijlpark, Sasolburg and districts.

Representatives of the SPCA pictured with Dr Elmien Truter and Me Samantha Rogers

The presentation was to highlight the importance of the role the SPCA plays in solving social problems, which social workers have to deal with on a daily basis. According to SPCA representatives, the SPCA plays a significant role in helping the social workers identify households with serious cases that require intervention. In many cases of domestic violence there is also animal abuse and vice versa; this is where the SPCA works hand in hand with social workers.

The SPCA representatives say that animal abuse is a reality and people need to change their attitude towards animals and how we treat them. The SPCA showed the social work students how to identify animals that are being abused and to always encourage the community they work in to report animal cruelty, as there is always more issues behind such abuse.

Dr Elmien Truter, Senior Lecturer at the Social Work Department within the School of Behavioural Sciences says that incorporating the SPCA presentation into their year-end meeting will go a long way to equip students with more knowledge on how to go about dealing with challenges they will face as social workers.

The School of Behavioural Sciences donated food and blankets for the animals, to the SPCA who accepted it and said that they are very grateful and appreciate the donation. The SPCA would like to continue their relationship with the Vaal Triangle Campus’ social work students through educating future social workers on the importance of working together to protect both human and animal rights in the South African communities they work in.