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1 Understanding Social Welfare Social welfare concepts and definitions

2 Conceptualizing human needs and social institutions

3 Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs Psychological survival needs: nourishment, rest, sex, warmth. Safety needs: preservation of life and sense of security Belongingness needs: to be part of a group and to love and to be loved. Esteem needs: approval, respect, acceptance, appreciation, etc. Self actualization needs:to be able to fulfill our fullest potential

4 NASW statement of needs Need for physical and mental well being Need to know Need for justice Need for economic security Need for self realization, intimacy and relationship.

5 Social institutions Social institutions are networks of relationships that carry out the essential social functions. Social institutions develop around these needs. Kinship & family, religion, workplace, market place, mutual assistance and government, etc. are organizational forms. They are formalized way of providing resources for helping to meet human needs.

6 Key organizations and functions Organizational forms Primary functions Social welfare functions FamiliesProcreation, intimacy,support Care, Financial support ChurchesSpiritual development Counseling, social services

7 Organizations and functions contd. Organizational forms Primary functions Social welfare functions Work organizations EmploymentEmployee benefits Producers & consumers Exchange of goods/services for money Commercial so.welfare goods/services

8 Organizations and functions contd. Organizational forms Primary functions Social welfare functions Support groups, vol. agencies Mutual aid, philanthropy Volunteering, com. Social ser. National/ Regional/local governments Mobilization & distribution of goods for collective goals Antipoverty, economic security, health, education, housing, etc

9 Questions to ask Degree to which human needs are met or unmet Degree to which problems are solved or unsolved Degree to which opportunities are provided for advancement

10 Social welfare characteristics: Residual approach Help provided only when needs are unmet by other institutions- family, religious institution, market, etc. Viewed as a safety net Temporary and viewed as negative Stigma attached. It is curative Sees poor as incompetent, second-class citizens & provides second class services

11 Social welfare:institutional/ developmental approach SW is considered as a first line defense of modern industrialized society. Seen as normal and accepted way of fulfilling social needs. No stigma attached. It is preventative. Recognizes the need for variety of social services to maintain good standard of living. Social problems are rooted in social structure and hence planned social change.

12 Residual Vs institutional The residual welfare ameliorates the problem of the ‘unfortunate classes’ through middle and upper class benevolence. Institutional view considers SW as front line function of modern society in a positive way working with other institutions for a better society. These concepts are reflection of broader cultural and societal conditions & values American social welfare has combined both these conceptions

13 Social welfare characteristics contd. Right versus charity Minimal versus optimal Identify examples Discuss

14 Social welfare:Selective and Universal services.

15 Selective services Residual/minimalist Means tested Eligibility & benefit levels are determined on a case basis Financial assistance not a right Benefits paid from general revenue State control is important

16 Advantages of selective programs Limitation on cost Society does not pay for services if can be afforded privately

17 Universal services institutional/developmental Available for all. E.g. public education, day care, social insurance. They are quality services that attracts all categories of people. No stigma attached. E.g. children in the U. S. are required by law to attend school

18 Advantages of universal programs Universal programs limit stigma Difficult to find fair formula to administer selective program Universal programs tend to improve itself once they are established. Selective programs have limited constituency

19 Hard Vs Soft goods and services Hard or concrete services are tangible goods or services like food stamps, meals-on-wheels, housing, rent subsidies Soft services are in the forms of guidance and counseling to help people cope with social and emotional problems. They include counseling for family problems, psychiatric treatment for mental disorders. Hard services & poor. Soft services & higher income group.

20 Direct and Indirect services Direct services are intended to benefit the recipient immediately. E.g. family counseling, health care, etc. Indirect services are primarily intended to improve the general social welfare; they may also benefit the individual recipient. E.g. education, incarceration of convicted victims

21 Public Vs Private agencies Public agencies: Veterans, state mental hosp. Private voluntary agencies like United Way, Muscular Dystrophy Association. Private for-profit agencies

22 Control: Federal, State, Local Community control movement after the 60s New Federalism of Regan placed greater burden on states Recently states assume more responsibility under the new welfare reform (The Personal Responsibility Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996).

23 Changing concepts of social welfare From residual to institutional From charity to citizen right From special services to universal services From minimum resources to optimal social environments From individual to social reform From voluntary to public and private From welfare of the poor to Welfare State From social welfare to Social Development

24 Changing conceptions contd. From residual to institutional From charity to citizen right: To T. H. Marshall, citizenship consists of three sets of rights and duties, namely, Civil, Political and Social rights. Civil right: Right to liberty, freedom of speech, equality before law,etc. Political right: right to vote, get elected, etc. Social rights: Refers to ‘modicum of economic welfare and security and the right to share to the full in the social heritage and life of a civilized being according to the standards prevailing in society’.

25 Charity to citizen right contd. Political rights, initially restricted to the aristocracy were extended first to the middle class, then to the working class and finally to the women. Similarly, social rights in the form of Poor Law, were first restricted to the needy. As social services, they were later extended to the working class and eventually to the whole population.

26 Charity to citizen right contd. Marshall point out the paradox of the development of citizenship (equality) in capitalism which is a system of inequality.For him, welfare measures are not an egalitarian measure. Social services are not primarily a means of equalizing income. Welfare state in fact makes inequality more acceptable and legitimate.

27 From special to universal services We tend to think of SW as special services to poor. Increasingly, SW programs are developed to meet universal needs of the population. Special services tend to isolate the poor to be inferior in quality. Universal services are free of stigma and integrate the poor into the society. The SSA of 1935 is the first National venture in this direction.

28 From minimum to optimal There is a move from providing minimum resources to the creation of optimum social environments and resources to nurture and develop human potentialities.

29 From individual to social reform A move from psychological and moral defects/deficiencies to structural and social factors. Is poverty due to individual deficiencies or due to structural and social factors?

30 From voluntary to public During Elizabethan poor laws the approach to relief was voluntary. With the Social Security Act, the approach is public where the Government has a role in dealing with the poor.

31 From welfare of the poor to a welfare society From the relief of immediate needs to a long term planning that will prevent future needs

32 From social welfare to social development Social welfare Social development: Planned institutional change including social, economic and political change for the welfare of the nation as a whole.

33 Analytical perspectives Studies of the process of welfare policy: Focuses on the dynamics of policy formulation with regard to socio-political and technical-methodological variables. Deals with the societal context in which policy decisions are made, the behaviors, motivations and goals of various actors who participate in the process and stages of the process of policy development

34 Analytical perspectives contd. Studies of the product: Analyses the policy choices which are the product of planning process. Studies of performance: How well is the program carried out? What is its impact? Impact is the difference between pre-program behavior and conditions and post program behavior and conditions which can be legitimately be attributed to the intervention.

35 Social welfare: As moral concept reflecting value preferences. As social policy As programs and services As income transfer As study of functions outside market forces to meet human need.

36 Methods of policy practice Social Work Journal article by Figueira- McDonough Legislative advocacy Reform through litigation Social action

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