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22/09/2021

Derry councillor says dealing with poverty must be 'to the fore' for local social workers

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Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has said tackling poverty must be to the fore of social work as a profession. She was commenting after the launch of the Anti-Poverty Practice Framework for Social Work. She said: “I welcome the launch of the Anti-Poverty Practice Framework for Social Work which aims to create awareness within social workers to tackle poverty within our communities. “Poverty is truly the ‘elephant in the room’ for many situations that social workers find themselves in. Over 24% of single people without children live in poverty and 40% of lone parents live in poverty, this is clearly an issue that we cannot ignore. “We need to recognise the adverse effects that poverty has on society and social workers as a profession can play a role in tackling poverty. “Policy makers need to properly examine the impact of social conditions and their consequences for personal and family life and develop a strategy which brings an end to inequality in our society. “We all need to truly reflect how we address inequalities in our everyday lives.”

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