Special English Issue 2013

Positive boundary-crossing in social work
Welcome to the annual edition of Sociální Práce/ Sociálna Práca, the Czech and Slovak Journal of Social Work in English. Each year, the Journal publishes a number of papers in English in a special edition like this, and in its quarterly editions.Zobrazit text

Due to contemporary societal trends, social services are becoming more important in welfare state architecture than in the past. In the proposed article we deal with the question as to whether the development of selected Czech social services is following (dis)similar trends when compared to other EU countries.Zobrazit text

Demographic aging of population brings a range of threats, which can acquire the character of a life crisis primarily in the elderly. These threats include limitation or loss of self-sufficiency. Illness and limitations of self-sufficiency often requires hospitalization of a senior, to provide him/her with geriatric care. But this is also a social event requiring the presence of a social worker.Zobrazit text

This article introduces readers to the application of three approaches from moral philosophy to ethical decision-making in social work. The Statement of Ethical Principles of the International Federation of Social Workers points out that social workers often encounter moral quandaries, some due to our function as both helpers and controllers. In addressing these ethical dilemmas, we are obliged to “take responsibility for making ethically informed decisions” and “be prepared to state the reasons” (IFSW, 2012: 5.10 and 5.11).Zobrazit text

A school counselling system began to develop in the 1970s. Since that time, however, the student population along with the public order have changed. There has been an increase in the number of pupils from a socially disadvantaged environment, from families with a variety of problems in social interactions and pupils with behavioural disorders. The social problems of pupils negatively affect their school results. Pedagogical and psychological interventions do not respond to all the needs of pupils and their families. The purpose of this paper is to report on the results of the research.Zobrazit text