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Help with social problems

agency

noun

an organization that deals with social problems

block grant

noun

money that a national government gives to local governments to pay for services such as education and health

CAB

noun

Citizens Advice Bureau: an office run by Citizens Advice, an organization in the UK that gives people free advice on legal, financial, and social problems

care in the community

noun

the policy of looking after people with physical or mental health problems at home rather than in hospitals

caring profession

noun

a profession that involves looking after other people, for example social work and nursing

case work

noun

work that a social worker does to help a particular person or group of people with social problems. The person who does this work is called a case worker.

community care

noun

help for people living in their homes who need help looking after themselves

health care

noun

the services that look after people’s health

health service

noun

a public service that is responsible for providing medical care

housing

noun

the job or activity of providing houses for people

housing association

noun

in the UK, an organization that owns houses for people with low incomes to live in

meals on wheels

noun

a service that brings cooked meals to the homes of people who are too old or ill to cook for themselves

Medicaid

noun

a system of government health care for poor people in the US

Medicare

noun

a system in the US in which the government pays part of the cost of medical treatment for people who are over 65 years old

postcode lottery

noun

a situation in which people in different areas of the UK receive different things from a public service such as health care

probation officer

noun

someone whose job is to give help and advice to people on probation after committing a crime and to check that they are behaving well

public health

noun

health care for people that is paid for by the government

public service

noun

a service that the government pays for, such as education or health care

public spending

noun

the money that the government pays for projects relating to education, health care, defence etc

residential care

noun

a system of caring for people who cannot live on their own without help. They live with others in an institution and are looked after by trained staff.

the Samaritans

noun

a British organization that provides a telephone service giving emotional support to people who are extremely unhappy and likely to kill themselves

service

noun

a system provided by a government or official organization for the needs of the public

social service

noun

one of the services provided by a government or local council for people with social problems

social worker

noun

someone who is trained to give help and advice to people who have severe social problems

warehousing

noun

the policy of putting a lot of people in an institution without thinking much about the quality of education or treatment that they receive

welfare

noun

care provided by the state or another organization for people in need

the welfare state

noun

the system by which a country looks after its citizens by providing them with education, medical care, or money if they are unable to work

women’s refuge

noun

a place where women can go with their children in order to escape from a violent husband or partner

youth worker

noun

someone whose job is to help young people deal with problems with their families, at school, or with the law. The usual American word is counselor.

healthcare

adjective

social work

noun

essential services

the supply of things such as water, gas, electricity, health care, and education

sheltered accommodation/housing/flats etc

a group of houses or flats for people who cannot live in a completely independent way, for example because they are disabled. They can get help from trained staff when they need it.

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any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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