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The Public Centre for Social Welfare (PCSW) Ghent is a public organisation that provides individuals and families with the municipal statutory social services.

Areas of Intervention

  • Children and young people
  • Children at risk of social exclusion
  • Homeless
  • Older people 
  • People with addiction
  • People with physical disabilities
  • People with mental disabilities
  • Public Health
  • Social justice
  • People who are socially vulnerable
  • People in situations of difficulty or precarity
  • Victims of domestic abuse
  • Gender equality
  • Counteracting and supporting victims of gender-based violence
  • Migrants
  • Social Integration
  • Beneficiaries of minimum income
  • Poverty
  • Recipients of care

Responsibilities/ Services

  • Providing social services
  • Promotion of systemic change
  • Role of the social worker
  • Integration of technological tools
  • Capacity building and training
  • Professional training
  • Training of social welfare workforce
  • Research and development
  • Maintaining networks for managers and social workers
  • Management of public nursing homes and day centres for older people
  • Home care services for older and dependent people
  • Socio-educational services for children at risk of social exclusion
  • Consulting services and specialised studies for local governments regarding facilities for older people
  • Child protection
  • Telecare
  • Emotional support groups for family caregivers
  • Programs for the prevention of addictions in young people
  • Assistance in cases
  • Support of energy poverty
  • Financial
  • Research/ identifying and monitoring of social problems
  • Representing and defending interests of their members


Public Centre for Social Welfare (PCSW) Ghent

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