This was typically a middle-class female volunteer who would visit the home to investigate the living conditions and reasons for poverty. In Englandthe Poor Law served this purpose. The first recorded Almshouse was built in near Philadelphia by William Penn, and was only open to Quakers.
She founded Chicago 's Hull House inwhich focused on providing education and recreational facilities for European immigrant women and children. Further Development[ edit ] Poverty in towns, slum dwellers in DublinIreland circa Social work has its roots in the struggle of society to deal with poverty and its resultant problems.
The concept of the Settlement house movement was to bring upper and middle class students into lower-class neighbourhoods, not only to provide education and social aid, but to actually live and work together with their inhabitants. Middle class reformers continued to assume individual flaws caused poverty.
Despite facing competition with the rising popularity of psychiatry and psychology, there were ten university programs in social work by to add a more scientific basis to dealing with patients and challenging behaviors from mental dysfunction.
Native American women in some nations had major roles in making decisions of the community. As one of the most influential early professionals in social work, Jane Addams was a founder of the U. When Constantine I legalized the Christian Church in the 4th century, the newly legitimised church set up burial societies, poorhouseshomes for the aged, shelter for the homeless, hospitals, and orphanages.
Today[ edit ] Currently, social work is known for its critical and holistic approach to understanding and intervening in social problems. Grobman, Linda May.