During the beginning of assessment. Social workers are

During the process of intake
interview and assessment, a social work professional has to follow and maintain
principle of confidentiality. According to CASW Code of Ethics (2005), social
workers should respect clients’ confidentiality and value the significance of
clients trust in the professional relationship as well as confidence placed by
public. While the intake interview in casework in India, social workers follow
confidentiality policy to keep clients information confidential, however, they
do not brief the confidentiality policy to clients at the beginning of the
session. For example, while practising as a social worker with the survivors of
domestic violence, this writer kept clients information confidential even though
the confidentiality was not briefed to them and their information was released
to police and hospitals only on certain circumstances. In Canada, all social
workers should brief the confidentiality policy to the clients at the beginning
of assessment. Social workers are expected to respect service users right to
confidentiality and the information they shared during counselling session or
professional context must be kept confidential (CASW, 2005).

The key focus of intake interview and
assessment is to figure out the issue or situation of a client and formulate
the intervention techniques based on the obtained information and this is one
of the similarities of intake interview in India and assessment in Canada. “According
to most accepted existing ways of thinking, assessment involves making a
professional judgement about the problematic aspects of a situation, in order
to act effectively to address the problems with and within the situation”
(Fook, 2012, p.132). It is known that clients usually see a counsellor because
of concerns or problems intrusive in their daily life. The intake interview
process in India based on cultural factors, religious beliefs and traditional
values. According to Mukundarao (1969), the significance of cultural factors is
widely seen as they focus on basic concerns of people, reflect  concern the basic  the cultural factors, demonstrate the
underlying quality of particular values as well as highlights conventional ways
of problem solving methods. Social work in India is different from other
nations as it is culturally rooted and cannot be neglected. This has reflected
in casework process as well. The social work emerged out of American culture is
difficult to transplant in other countries because social work practice is
known as a culture composite and not expected to function effectively in other
nations (Gangrade, 1989, p. 5). Each organizations has their own standard
intake interview and assessment format to record service users’ data. Both the
intake interview in Indian and assessment in Canada follows social work Code of
Ethics and principles and it is one of the similarities between intake
interview in India and assessment in Canada.

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Social work practice aims to provide
social transformation in the society. It is done through appropriate assessment
of needs and wants of service users’ and support them based on the obtained
information. Social work practice should respect and scrutinize the indigenous
characteristics of various countries and consider the cultural differences if it
proposes to be productive and reactive culturally (Ejaz, 1989). Therefore,
there are different assessment and intake interview/screening tools use in
various countries. While practicing as a social worker in India, this writer generally
used intake interview/screening as the beginning session to gather basic information
of a client. This writer has realized that there are contrasts as well as
similarities between assessment process in Canada and intake
interview/screening in India. This essay presents an overview of the intake
interview in casework in India during working with the survivors of domestic
violence women group, highlights the similarities and discrepancies of intake
interviews in India compared to assessment process in Canada. The essay also
focuses on the contrast and comparison of anti-oppressive practices in both countries
in casework.