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The Disinherited SocietyA Personal View of Social Responsibility in Liverpool During the Twentieth Century$
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Margaret Simey

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238003

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317354

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Birth of the Social Worker

Birth of the Social Worker

(p.53) Chapter 4 Birth of the Social Worker
The Disinherited Society
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the history of the emergence of the social worker in Liverpool. It explains that the First World War brought mass deprivation and acceptance of state intervention and the raising of standards of service. It discusses the contribution of the Soldiers', Sailors', and Airmen's Families Association (SSAFA) and the local War Pensions Committee in providing welfare assistance to the needy. This chapter also considers the dilemma of how to combine an individual's right to social responsibility with the practice of a statutory system of welfare.

Keywords:   social worker, Liverpool, First World War, mass deprivation, Soldiers', Sailors', and Airmen's Families Association, SSAFA, War Pensions Committee, welfare assistance, social responsibility

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