The question of whose responsibility it is to treat children is a difficult one in social work, and is an issue that is not frequently addressed. While it might seem that inpatient treatment would be appropriate for troubled children, the resources are simply not available to treat all such children. While an increase in the availability of resources for inpatient treatment is important, it is also necessary to retool the social work profession so that social workers can provide appropriate care for children. Treatment of troubled youth should be given high priority in social work organizations so that inpatient care can be avoided.
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Lerner, Samuel. Treatment of Children: Whose Responsibility?. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1967: