Prime Minister Beata Szydło: It is important to wisely help those in need

Your work proves that people are the most important regardless of everything else, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło to social workers. On Monday, during the Social Worker Day celebrations, the Prime Minister highlighted the role of social workers in the implementation of such government projects as Family 500+.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

On Monday, awards and distinctions for outstanding and innovative solutions in social assistance, granted by the Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy in 2016, were presented at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.

Social worker is a profession that requires a good heart

It is beyond any doubt a mission and a service. You pursue a very difficult profession, requiring empathy and social sensitivity. To see a human being first of all in your everyday office work and to be able to assess the family situation, said the head of the Polish government. According to Prime Minister Beata Szydło, it is a job that requires commitment and making decisions to ease the suffering of children, elderly persons, women or other people in need.

Support must be wisely distributed, and granted to those who need it, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło and added that assistance should be varied. She emphasized that people need various kinds of support: financial, psychological, and sometimes they just need to talk to someone. You must show heart to people, on the one hand, but also enforce legal regulations, on the other hand. You must ponder, choose, but first of all help people. This is a great work that you do everyday, she said.

This profession is very close to my heart, since my mother was a social worker at the Social Welfare Centre, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. The Prime Minister also had to deal with social issues during her work in local government.

There are no words and awards to reward such mission. But symbolically we would like to thank you today and congratulate you on your work. It is a great job that you do for others. “Your work proves that people are the most important regardless of everything else, also those who provide help, said the Prime Minister. She also thanked Minister Elżbieta Rafalska for her work at the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy. Her efforts contribute to efficient implementation of family-promoting government programmes.

Family as the government priority

I would also like to thank you for the year of our common work, for the way in which you implemented and monitored the Family 500+ programme, since I know that in the majority of gminas and local governments it is the Social Welfare Centres that are the key for the programme implementation, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. Welfare centres make programme payments and check the families that receive support. It is a huge workload, she added. She stressed that the programme had been implemented in a model fashion, which was also the success of social workers.

We always repeat that the family is a our priority. The words are followed by acts: Family 500+, raising the minimum salary to PLN 2,000, introduction of the minimum hourly rate (a minimum of PLN 12 per hour), raising the lowest pensions to PLN 1,000, etc., said the head of the government. She added that these actions were first of all to give a sense of dignity to Polish families. Beata Szydło emphasised that this support went to families that had been on the margin and until that time were able to function mainly thanks to Welfare Centres.

In addition to dignity, we wanted to give families stabilisation, said the Prime Minister. According to the Prime Minister, for families to be able to plan their future calmly, the development of Poland was necessary. Economic programmes that are and will be implemented are supposed to help in that regard.

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