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Social work by Wolfgang Schröer, Lothar Böhnisch

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10Social Work and Welfare Policy

Social work and welfare policy are closely interlinked. In this context, social work is seen as a living inventory of social policy. While social policy relates to social protection against standardized risks such as illness, unemployment and poverty, social work deals with the various biographical results and side effects of these risks, as well as individuals’ other psychosocial problems. Until now, the welfare state has been the central institution for the social policy of most European countries. However, an examination only of state activities and the responsibilities they directly and indirectly delegate to municipalities and associations is not enough to gain a picture of social work’s true socio-political ...

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