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Suzan Lewis, Julia Brannen, and Ann Nilsen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422200

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422200.001.0001

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Organisational social capital and its role in the support of working parents: the case of a public social assistance agency in Bulgaria

Organisational social capital and its role in the support of working parents: the case of a public social assistance agency in Bulgaria

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(p.63) Five Organisational social capital and its role in the support of working parents: the case of a public social assistance agency in Bulgaria
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Work, families and organisations in transition
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Siyka Kovacheva

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422200.003.0005

This chapter discusses support available to parents of small children working in a state agency for social assistance in a city in Bulgaria, drawing on a social capital perspective. The core of this chapter is on the informal and formal practices of social workers and other social service workers in balancing professional and family responsibilities, and the rationale behind why working parents are concerned about improving legal provision since they have no access to formal employer support. In practice, most parents rely on informational help from line managers, colleagues in the team, wider family and public nurseries for their children.

Keywords:   parents, social assistance, Bulgaria, social capital perspective, social workers, balancing professional responsibilities, balancing family responsibilities, working parents, improving legal provision, employer support

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