‘Not if you can possibly avoid it’

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June 25, 2012 11:57

So a social worker once said about seeking aid from the welfare authorities. Here’s why.




Mother and baby

A worried mother holding her baby 370. (photo credit:Thinkstock/Imagebank)

Some time ago, I asked a private social worker I know for advice: Another friend, a single mother with health problems, could use some extra help; should she contact the welfare authorities?

The answer shocked me. Not if she can possibly avoid it, this social worker said. They’ll put her through hell, and there’s no guarantee they’ll even give her any help.

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