Need for Social Workers

Five hundred community social workers are needed to alleviate the plight of poor families, Shmuel Friedman, director of community services in the Welfare Ministry, said yesterday. He noted that dozens of positions for community social workers remain unfilled because of a shortage of trained manpower. Adding a community social workers to present staffs would also help solve problems of many immigrants including the Georgian Jews who were involved in a hunger strike at Ashdod two weeks ago, Friedman said. The reason for the shortage, he noted, is that many graduate social workers shy away from field work because of the low pay in the profession, unsatisfactory working conditions in welfare offices and lack of understanding by local authorities.

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