Mr. Smith and the Importance of Modern Casework

in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780226653631
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226653662 | DOI:
Mr. Smith and the Importance of Modern Casework

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This chapter examines the role of Charity Organization Society (COS) head Stanley Greig Smith in expanding the role of the organization in Melbourne's welfare network. It explains that Smith was committed to the view that only modern case work that includes careful enquiry and the sifting of statements could place the socially dependent back on a plane of self-dependence. The effective of the COS system allowed it to take the role in training of workers for other agencies, including hospital almoners. This chapter suggests that the role of COS in Melbourne's welfare network certainly rested on Smith's immense energies and aspirations.

Keywords: Charity Organization Society; Stanley Greig Smith; casework; Melbourne; welfare network; self-dependence; hospital almoners

Chapter.  3398 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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