Praca Socjalna (Social Work) 2019/01

  • Feminist social work. Outline of issues
    The purpose of the article is to try to answer two questions: - what is feminist social work? - how does feminist thought influence the theory and practice of social work? The first part of the article focuses on the history of social work (from the point of view of women's contribution to the development of this discipline) and feminism (taking into account various trends and feminist positions). Then, the elements that distinguish feminist social work were discussed. The article is only an introduction to the subject and certainly does not exhaust all the threads in the discussion about feminist social work.
  • The situation of families receiving benefit from the "Family 500 plus" program in the light of the opinions of social workers - a survey message
    Responsibility for the functioning of future generations falls mainly on families. However, difficult situations may arise in their lives that they cannot cope with on their own. Then the necessary help is provided by the state through the activities of aid institutions and various types of support programs. Currently, there are many programs in our country aimed at helping the poorest and most need families. One of them is the "Family 500 plus" program, which is very well rated by society. However, you should always control the effects of the support provided by the state to improve assistance projects and actually direct the stream of money to those who need it most. The article contains analyzes of research carried out in the Opolskie Voivodeship, whose aim was to show the current effects of the implementation of the "Family 500 plus" program in the opinion of social workers.
  • Poles' attitudes towards pro-social activities in 1988-2016
    The purpose of the article is to show the specificity of Poles' attitudes towards pro-social activities at the beginning of the transformation and in the post-transformation period. The text develops a thesis on the increasing diversity of pro-social activities and the complexity of motives accompanying them. Specific questions focus on several issues: how Poles understand help, are they eager to help those in need, whom they help, what their preferences are and how they are guided, how they change their attitude in the sphere of help. As a result of the meta-analysis of available representative surveys, the ambivalent nature of Poles' attitudes towards pro-social activities was found.
  • Dilemmas of youth placed in foster families related to contact with biological parents or lack thereof
    The family is a basic educational environment in which a person grows up, gains knowledge about himself and the surrounding world. Parents should therefore be people who notice and meet the needs of their children and provide them with the right conditions for development. Sometimes there are situations that parents for various reasons are not able to properly fulfill their role, so children can not grow up in a home environment. Then the minors are placed in family or institutional foster care. Leaving the family home, various childhood events, as well as separation from parents can have a huge impact on children and young people. Adolescents, growing up in a foster family, are aware of having biological parents with whom they may or may not have contact. Awareness of growing up in two families can have different developmental consequences. The purpose of this article is to look at the dilemmas or difficulties that youth in foster families may face, whether contact with biological parents is maintained or not.
  • Mediation in the work of a family assistant
    Mediation is increasingly used by specialists in working with other people. Its principles are used by teachers, lawyers, social workers, probation officers, etc. However, it is rarely written about in the context of tasks performed by family assistants. The purpose of the study is to reflect on the possibilities of using mediation by these specialists working in a family environment where institutional support is needed. Initial considerations concern the specificity of the needs of the modern family and the assumptions of the restorative justice paradigm in the field of mediation - one of its constructive forms of conflict resolution. A review of the literature makes it possible to indicate the place of mediation in the work of family assistants in the aspect of: formally and informally fulfilling the role of mediator, providing clients with knowledge about mediation, developing clients' social competences, as well as cooperation with other specialists supporting families.
  • Ks. Carl Sonnenschein - apostle of mercy
    The work is a contribution to the biography of Carl Sonnenschein (1876–1929) - a German Catholic priest, theologian, philosopher, social reformer, charismatic social activist, founder of the Catholic social movement in Germany, creator of new forms of metropolitan pastoral care, the apostle of Berlin, after the death of Saint Francis Berlin. In Poland, his character is almost unknown. The purpose of the article is to present his profile, the climate accompanying his activities and to understand the aura of fascination and uniqueness that surrounds not so much his work as the person so important in the history of the German and universal Catholic Church, as well as for followers of other religions.

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