Our area of work

The Social Welfare Coordinating Group (SWCG) prepares, updates, and disseminates high-quality systematic reviews that help people make well-informed decisions about interventions in social welfare, social care, and social justice.

Scope of work

We use the term "social welfare" in its broadest sense to include a wide range of interventions (programmes, policies and practices) aimed at preventing psychosocial and behavioural problems; improving human functioning, well-being and living conditions; and treating established conditions and problems. Relevant interventions may target individuals, families, groups, organisations or communities.

The scope of the SWCG includes but is not limited to:

  • Poverty
  • Income maintenance
  • Labor force participation (e.g., employment training, job placement)
  • Child care
  • Parent education
  • Parent/family support
  • Child protection and child welfare
  • Immigration
  • Refugees and displaced persons
  • Human trafficking
  • Individual, couple, family, and group therapies
  • Skills training (e.g., anger management, problem solving, negotiation)
  • Mental health
  • Behavioral health
  • Substance abuse
  • Respite care
  • Foster care
  • Adoption/guardianship
  • Residential treatment
  • Hospital care
  • Gerontology
  • Casework and case management
  • Housing
  • Social networks
  • Advocacy
  • Mediation
  • Recreation
  • Community development
  • Organizational development
  • Inter-organizational relations
  • Low and middle income countries

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