The District Administrations work in close connection with The Social Services Administration concerning welfare issues. The Social Services Administration provides a variety of services, one of them is the city-wide welfare program.
The Social Services Administration supports 150 NGOs (non-governmental organizations) active in Stockholm, with €13m per year. The NGOs operate in different areas, such as preventing homelessness, supporting former drug abusers, helping people with disabilities and upholding women's rights.
Most of the social services offered in Stockholm rest upon the legislations "Social Services Act" and "Support and Services for Certain Disabled People Act".
The health care in Sweden is governed by the County Councils.
For more information, contact The City District Adminstrations
To learn more about the Social Services Committee, please contact
Care for families in need
For early and preventive care, individual and family caring services co-operate with mother and child care centres, where advice and support is given to expecting parents. Youth reception centres, jointly run by social welfare and medical services, provide advice and support to teenage girls and boys on relationship issues, contraceptions, drug issues and more. The district councils’ social services bear ultimate responsibility for the welfare of children.
In order to provide the best possible support to parents, a wide range of services are available:
- support groups for single or teenage mothers
- parent-training schemes at antenatal and postnatal clinics
- family advice centres, where adult relationships can be discussed with trained counsellors and, hopefully, problems resolved
- conciliation meetings, for those who have decided to separate, but are unable to agree on child custody
- group centres, for local immigrant groups, where support and advice on child care, living and working in a new society, can be obtained
- support families who look after after a single parents child on one or two weekends monthly, and sometimes even the child, thus providing the family with a short break
- monthly income support/social allowances
Care for people with disablities
Provision for the disabled in Stockholm has improved steadily over the years. The primary aim of Stockholm's disability policies is that everyone should have access to, and be able to participate in society on an equal basis. The basis for the City's participation programme for people with disabilities is the Human Rights principle - all people are equal and should have equal rights.
Recent legislation has further extended the rights of disabled people, who should be able to live in their normal environment, if they so wish, and receive the services and support to which they are entitled. Additional support service include a contact person, home adjustment grants and special housing services.
Ombudsman for people with disabilities
The City of Stockholm has an ombudsman for people with disabilities, who offers support in issues concerning municipal care services and assists people with disabilties in any grievances they may have.
Care for the homeless
Homelessness is both an individual social problem and a structural problem. Lack of housing and jobs are important factors as are substance abuse and mental health problems. The social welfare services in Stockholm can provide homeless people a variety of types of help, all depending on the individual's problems and needs. In addition to housing, a person who is homeless can need help with substance abuse and mental health treatment, job training programs, financial aid and more.
The county council is responsible for substance abuse and mental health treatment. Collaboration between social welfare services and the county council is necessary in order to give homeless people the comprehensive support many need. Nongovernmental organisations (NGO), private entrepreneurs and other organizations work in close collaboration with the social welfare office to provide services to homeless people in Stockholm.
Care for the elderly
The elderly care in Stockholm enables elderly people to remain in their home environment and receive the social services and health care they require. Those no longer able to receive care in their home, due to frailty of age or disability, can request alternative housing where their needs can be met.
About 23 per cent of the inhabitants in Stockholm (approximately 125,000 persons) are over the age of 65. About 18,000 people recieve daily help with cooking, shopping, dressing etc while 9,000 people live in some sort of housing for the elderly.
A smooth introduction to the Swedish society has been made possible by strengthening the incentives of finding a job and taking an active part in employment preparatory activities.
A new reform, with the aim of speeding up the integration process for newly arrived immigrants came into force on 1 December 2010. As a result of the reform, the Swedish Public Employment Service has a coordinating responsibility for introduction activities, in which the Employment Service and the immigrant will work together to draw up an introduction plan.
This introduction plan includes activities to facilitate and speed up the introduction of the newly arrived immigrant into working and community life.