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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2010): Social care - overseas

Developing anti-oppressive services for the poor: a theoretical and organisational rationale

R. Strier and S. Binyamin

British Journal of Social Work, vol. 40, 2010, p. 1908-1926

In the past three decades, neo-liberal and managerial ideologies have favoured social policies that generate high levels of poverty, punitive welfare reforms, periodic budget cutbacks and the subsequent decay of social services. Drawing on Eastavill's categorisation of anti-poverty strategies, social services for people living in poverty can be categorised according to their goals as palliative, preventative or transformative. This article seeks to offer a theoretical and organisational blueprint for the development of transformative services through the incorporation of an anti-oppressive perspective.

Immigrants caught in the crossfire of projectification of the Swedish public sector: short-term solutions to long-term problems

A. Abrahamsson and L. Agevall

Diversity in Health and Care, vol.7, 2010, p. 201-209

Projects (short-term, specifically funded activities) have become popular in the public sector, including in the areas of health, social care and education. This article uses two Swedish projects targeted on immigrants as a basis for discussing and analysing the potential of projects as tools for change in human services. It is concluded that: 1) project approaches can be counterproductive as they offer short-term help with long-term problems; 2) when the project is terminated human services professionals still have to cope with unsatisfied needs; and 3) the legitimacy of organisations in immigrant communities will be compromised by involvement in short-term projects which do not deliver promised benefits.

Social work advocacy in Singapore: some reflections on the constraints and opportunities

K. Brydon

Asian Social Work and Policy Review, vol.4, 2010, p. 119-133

Social work in all contexts needs to be involved with advocating for changes in social policy and institutional arrangements in order to improve the well-being of clients. This article is based on a case study of Singapore and explores the constraints on, and opportunities for, advocacy in that context. It concludes by offering a theoretical model of advocacy and collaboration to bring about social change that could fit the particular conditions under which social work practice in Singapore is delivered, but also has relevance for other contexts.

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