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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2011): Social care - overseas

Cost-effectiveness and valuation in social work

R.A. Cnaan and T.C. McLaughlin (editors)

Research on Social Work Practice, vol. 21, 2011, p. 388-431

Social service organisations find it difficult to assess their value to society in monetary terms. However, they are now competing for depleting public and private sources of funding. In this process they are called upon to prove their value and contribution to society. This special section presents five articles that begin to provide the groundwork for social service organisations to adopt a valuation and/or cost effectiveness and financial component to their work. They focus on several important areas of social service work: assessing the cost of social problems; advocacy; volunteerism; the cost of drug abuse; and cost-effectiveness of supported housing for people with mental illness.

Ethnic sensitivity: a challenge for social work

. Urh

International Social Work, vol. 54, 2011, p. 471-484

The Roma minority in Slovenia remains one of the most underprivileged social groups, but the issue is marginalised in socio-political debate. They are one of the ethnic minorities that require a separate social work approach based on an anti-racist perspective and ethnic sensitivity. Social workers are well positioned to create strategies to counter their social exclusion, but need more and better training in culturally sensitive and anti-racist practice. For progress to be made, institutional, cultural and personal racism endemic in Slovenian social work needs to be transcended.

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