Creating a Caring Society
To provide a comprehensive and coordinated social welfare package to the service users who come to the Social Care Centre/Unit to obtain services.
The Cabinet of Ministers approved the Social Care Project on principle at the meeting of Cabinet of Ministers held on 14/12/2005 and decided to establish Social Care Centres in all Divisional Secretary Divisions if the project is a success.
The objective of establishing Social Care Centres is to provide an integrated Social Care package to the service users in a user friendly environment. This is a well thought model for comprehensive service delivery. It helps to identify the issues of most vulnerables in the development process while providing them the necessities. Thus, Social Care Centres act as a safety net to the most vulnerable society.
The programme is a joint venture implemented by Ministry of Social Services, Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs and Provincial Councils. The following officers attached to the centre.
- Social Services Officer (Central Govt./Provincial)
- Counselling Assistants
- Elders Rights Promotion Officer
- Social Development Assistant
- Women’s Development Officer
- Child Rights Promotion Officer
- Early Childhood Development Officer
- Relief Sister
In addition, the Divisional Secretariats get the service of Probation Officers and non Govt. officers also while delivering the services through Social Care Centres. By now other field officers also are being attached to most of the centres.
At the end of 2011, 89 Social Care Centres/Units have been established and during 2012 the project was further expanded to cover 08 Divisional Secretary Divisions in Kandy and rest of the divisions in Badulla. From 2009 onwards this family based Social Care Concept has being implemented by officers instead of the interpersonal service deliveries, Continuous training on knowledge and skill development of officers is done by the Ministry.