Concluding Thought

Developmental social policy (DSP) may serve as yet another fountain of inspiration and a guiding star on the horizon of developing social work services in the years and decades ahead. In a changed societal and industrial setting, where problems are mounting and resources are more and more permanently drained, social work services need to increasingly accommodate themselves to the requirements of society, its human, social, and cultural resources.

To adequately address the mounting number of personal and social problems in today's society, we have to (1) find new ways to deliver new social work services, and at the same time, (2) support the operation of traditional, existing social work services. The latter can be achieved through

a. change of awareness, acceptance, and appreciation;

b. increasing reach, that now includes a wider range of clients over a wider range of their lifetime;

c. better screening of needs and potential clients within the whole community through a much wider range of cultural and social activities;

d. 'very early' intervention;

e. better funding through multiple channels, not only the government but also more private donations, and more contributions from private businesses, which will be attracted by the extended range and reach of old and new activities;

f. better public relations, media coverage, and social networking; as well as

g. more opportunities for social enterprises that help to finance traditional and

new innovative social work services across the board.


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