Running head: WHAT IS HUMAN SERVICES?
What is Human Services?
Candice K. Holt
University of Phoenix
August 24, 2009
The Goal of Human Services
Human Services is the practice of assisting needy and less fortunate individuals with meeting their basic needs in life. “The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery” (Martin, 2007) The primary focus of a Human Services Professional is to help people meet their needs that without the assistance of a Human Service Professional, they would
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Most individuals in poverty were commonly born into serfdom with little or no hope of escaping this social status. Although being a serf was at times harsh, it did provide a false sense of security and insurance against the many social hazards. Eventually due to both economic and environmental conditions, the feudal system was phased out and the Industrial Revolution began. This brought its own challenges for those in poverty. The urbanization also created a different outlook and attitude towards the less fortunate citizens of society. Instead of viewing the less fortunate as a necessary component of society that allowed the wealthy to show their goodwill, they were now viewed as criminals if they were vagrants. All able bodied individuals including children were expected to work to support themselves. If an able-bodied individual were caught begging, they would face certain penalties like whippings, and even incarceration. The social welfare policy in the United States, although adopted from the policies and practices of England, has evolved tremendously to reflect the changes in our society and the way the community views poor people. For example, someone who would have been considered an unworthy poor person in the late seventeenth century due to having children out of