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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2002): Social Care - Overseas

CONCEPTUALISING SOCIAL WORK IN A CHANGED SOUTH AFRICA

S. J. Drower

International Social Work, vol. 45, 2002, p. 7-20

The development of a conceptualisation of social work in South Africa, which responds meaningfully to the needs of its people, must take account of its historical, cultural, linguistic and ideological diversity. The vision of the national developmental social welfare strategy as "a welfare system which facilitates the development of human capacity and self-reliance within a caring and enabling socio-economic environment" provides an initial framework for such an exercise.

PHILADELPHIA CENSUS OF CONGREGATIONS AND THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN SOCIAL SERVICE DELIVERY

R. A. Cnaan and S. C. Boddie

Social Service Review, vol. 75, 2001, p. 559-580

Article reports results from 1,376 of an estimated 2,045 religious congregations in Philadelphia. Study found that 88% of congregations had at least one social programme. On average, each congregation provided 2.41 programmes and served 102 people per month. The primary beneficiaries were children, who were served by 49.2% of all the programmes. Results also showed that 41.5% of congregations collaborated with secular organisations and 62.3% were open to collaborating with government welfare programmes.

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