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Journal article

Polish social services to families of children with disabilities: practice in an emerging setting

Authors:
GAMMON Elizabeth Ann, DZIEGIELEWSKA Jolanta
Journal article citation:
International Social Work, 40(4), October 1997, pp.393-406.
Publisher:
Sage

Discusses a pilot study of the roles that social workers in Poland perform as they attempt to assist families whose children have disabilities. Barriers to service provision were examined, as were the cultural, economic and political frameworks in which those services are provided. Results demonstrate the emergence of a dynamic group of workers interested in clarifying the mission of their profession and in educating the public about the services in can provide to families.

Journal article

The butterflies of ARKA: grassroots initiatives for child welfare in Poland

Authors:
GAMMON Elizabeth Ann, DZIEGIELEWSKA Jolanta
Journal article citation:
International Social Work, 38(2), April 1995, pp.133-137.
Publisher:
Sage

In the transition from communist to democratic government the people of Poland must learn to deal at a community level with problems formerly addressed by centralized, bureaucratic institutions. The authors examine the ways in which one group of citizens covertly established a program to assist poor and disabled children and, in doing so, modelled the organizational skills needed to address other societal concerns. A brief outline is then given of the current efforts at community organization being encouraged by government, the social work profession and non-profit agencies.

Journal article

Social policy and people with intellectual disabilities in Poland: enhancing quality of life?

Authors:
OTREBSKI Wojciech, NORTHWAY Ruth, MANSELL Ian
Journal article citation:
Journal of Learning Disabilities, 7(4), December 2003, pp.363-374.
Publisher:
Sage

The past decade has been a time of great political, social and economic change within Poland. Such changes have affected the lives of all citizens including those with an intellectual disability. However, within the English language literature there is little published concerning the impact of changes in social policy on this group of people and the extent to which their quality of life has been enhanced. This article thus considers the difficult relationship between quality of life and social policy, provides an overview of key policy developments within Poland (both general and disability specific), and outlines some ways in which they have impacted on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. It is suggested that further research is required before clear conclusions can be drawn. Areas for service development and research are thus proposed.

Book

Private markets in health and welfare: an international perspective

Editor:
JOHNSON Norman
Publisher:
Berg
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
263p.,tables,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Oxford

Collection of papers examining the growing role of private markets in the provision and finance of health and social welfare services in the UK, Canada, France, Italy, Sweden, the United States, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia. Considers whether the principal beneficiaries have been the state, the consumers, or the commercial providers. Includes papers on domiciliary and residential services, housing, and a range of health services.

Book

Ageing, social security and affordability

Editors:
MARMOR Theodore R., DE JONG Philip R.
Publisher:
Ashgate
Publication year:
1998
Pagination:
365p.,tables,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Aldershot

Collection of papers looking at spending on pensions and medical care for older people and their place in the debate about the desirability and affordability of modern social programmes. Includes chapters on: social assistance in the member states of the European Union; the relationship between social and occupational security; an international comparison of legal indexation of social security benefits; the hidden liabilities of public pension plans in twelve EU countries; pensions in transition in the United States and Japan; transitional effects of a change in the Spanish pension system; financing old age in Singapore; pay as you go versus funded system of financing pensions in Central and Eastern Europe; pension system reform in Latin America; equity, cost containment and efficiency in health care; health care reform; the social and economic consequences of delaying a political decision concerning reform of health care in Poland; the role of government in the provision and financing of long term care for older people; the impact of the evolution of health expectancy in future public health care expenditure; and forecasts of future disabled and institutionalised US populations 195 to 2040.

Book

Social policy and the labour market

Editors:
DE JONG Philip R., MARMOR Theodore R.
Publisher:
Ashgate
Publication year:
1997
Pagination:
733p.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Aldershot

Joins micro-economic analysis of social insurance and welfare systems with broader political descriptions of social policy. Gives a sense of the fundamental problem of finding a social welfare system that fits specific economic and cultural conditions. Includes papers on: the Nordic welfare model and the European Union; convergence and divergence in the evolution of the welfare state; private provision of social security; the case for equivalent taxation of social security benefits in the European Union; an international analysis of retirement and economic development; disability and rehabilitation; unemployment insurance; social assistance in comparative perspective; lone mothers, policy and employment in twenty countries; Swedish single parents and social security; social security in Poland in a period of transition; social security reform in the Czech Republic; social security for disabled people in South Africa; China's social security in the context of the national distribution system; and integratability of social welfare systems for a unified Korea.

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