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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

Siyka Kovacheva

in Work, families and organisations in transition

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422200
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304326 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422200.003.0005
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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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

Chapter.  7175 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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