RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER AGENCIES
The preceding chapter ended with the statement that the true social worker is a skilled teacher and demonstrator helping an individual or a family to attain independence and efficiency. In the present chapter, we are to be concerned primarily with the relationships that should exist between a public welfare agency working constructively with individuals and families and other public agencies concerned with furthering their interests. The public agencies with which we shall deal are (1) the employment office, (2) the schools, (3) the health agencies and, in rural communities (4) the agricultural development agencies.
The basic foundation for the social security of an adult individual is ability to do a good job in a necessary calling. Give him a job that he can do well at a reasonable wage and the problem of his social security is largely solved. It is recognized that such a solution does not provide for dependent children too young to work or for the disabled, including those disabled from advanced age. But, as has been previously pointed out, in each succeeding generation the dependent children and the disabled must be provided for by the active workers of that generation. Thus developing individual efficiency and maintaining production of needed goods and services are far more basic than legislation with respect to money benefits to be paid on the happening of any contingency.
In considering the relationships between the public welfare department and the employment service, we may start with the principal worker who must support himself and possibly some dependents. If the head of the family is entirely unemployed, he must register at the employment office in his community and be available to accept a suitable opening when and if it is offered to him. Under the New Zealand plan, he is en-