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Social Work During COVID-19 and the Role of Local Governments in Managing the Crisis of the Pandemic: Case of Istanbul

Social Work During COVID-19 and the Role of Local Governments in Managing the Crisis of the Pandemic: Case of Istanbul
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Author(s): İhsan İkizer (Nişantaşı University, Turkey)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 26
Source title: Handbook of Research on Policies, Protocols, and Practices for Social Work in the Digital World
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Fahri Özsungur (Mersin University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7772-1.ch012

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Abstract

The world has been passing through extremely hard times since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in January 2020. Vulnerabilities of disadvantaged groups such as the elderly, women, children, migrants, people with disabilities and people living below poverty line have increased significantly during the pandemic, which has triggered global economic crisis. Unemployment surged tremendously, which affected especially workers in the informal economy who are not covered by social insurance. After the closures of schools, the inequality among children in education has been more divisive and deeper. Domestic violence and child abuse cases have been on rise during the national lockdowns, and the burden on the social work organisations has increased enormously. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), the in-depth case study of this research, is among the local governments, which have intensified the social services for the vulnerable groups. In this chapter, the social services of IMM during the pandemic are analysed through the perspective of social work, and some policy recommendations are presented.

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