Social Welfare is one of the components of the Social Development established under the Decree 12 of 1974 alongside components like: Youth Development, Women Development, Community Development and Sports Development.
Social Welfare Department through the Social Development Act Decree 12 of 1974 and Social Development Policy 1989 is charged with the mandate to care for the elderly, destitute, indigents, sick and poor, families in distress, people living with Hiv/Aids, rehabilitate drug addicts, cult members, school drop-outs, prevent crime, provide counseling, handles migration issues, international and national social cases.
To provide a caring and integrated system of social welfare services and capacity building that facilitates human development and people’s wellbeing.
To provide relief for the distressed persons, the vulnerable/disadvantaged members of the society, promotion of cohesiveness and creation of condition conducive for social progress.
The target groups are families in distress, ex-juvenile offenders, delinquent juveniles, inmates in correctional institutions, drug addicts, school drop-outs, cult members, victims of crime, disaster and conflict, destitute, older persons,indigent poor, trafficked persons, people affected by HIV/AIDS etc.
STRUCTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department presently has three Divisions (General Welfare, Social Protection Services and Federal School of Social Work, Emene, Enugu State) and five Branches (Guidance, Counseling and Correction, Care of the Elderly, Social Work Education, Non-Governmental Organisations and a Unit (Policy Management Unit).
The Department’s programmes/activities include celebration of International Days of elderly and family, organize capacity building for Social Workers, conduct admission interview into Federal School of Social Work, Emene, Enugu State, recognize social welfare related NGOs, provide vocational empowerment tools for the older persons and ex-juvenile offenders, provide aids, appliances and material reliefs for older persons, families in distress/IDPs, family tracing/re-union, provide psycho-social support for victims of disasters, trafficked and people affected by HIV/AIDS.