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Social Work

The Social Work Service accompanies and guides patients and their families

The Social Work Service helps families to adapt to new situations resulting, for example, from the birth of a child, the advent of disease or the admission of a child to the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital. 

We work with all the Hospital’s specialities in all regards. Each medical speciality has its own reference social worker who offers accompaniment, social treatment and guidance adapted to each family’s situation. 

We help all kinds of families.

You do not need to be in a serious social hardship or an extreme economic situation to get our help. 

We give priority to families in the most fragile situation, who have to face up to serious diseases that have a major impact on the family, or chronic conditions, social risk situations, particularly those involving minors and pregnant woman, as well as families who are outside their regular setting.

Social Work Activity

Families served
host, follow-up, etc.
Managed aids
with the SJD 'Obra Social'
Data 2021

We can give you support

When you have just received a diagnosis

We provide you with emotional support and help you to resolve any doubts and concerns in dealing with the situation and the possible changes in the family dynamics.

It is not covered by public health

If you cannot come to the visits

We offer you guidance on how to organise yourself to come to consultations and strategies on how address the new family needs.

It is not covered by public health

If you live a long way away and your child is hospitalised

We inform you an the accommodation available near the hospital so you can be close to you child when he/she is admitted.

If you need information on benefits and subsidies

We inform you on the public benefits you may be entitled to depending on your child's heals, patients' associations and aid depending on your needs.

It is not covered by public health

If you have problems at home

If you have serious problems which prevent you from offering your child the necessary level of care, we provide you with support to prevent a situation of social risk.

It is not covered by public health

If you have to act as a mother, or have just become one

We are with you if you are concerned about the relationship with your partner, your safety, your baby's health and how to deal with his/her needs.

It is not covered by public health

If you have been unable to organise the return home

If you feel that there are unresolved aspects at home, we can provide support to plan the discharge and better organise the return home.

It is not covered by public health

If you need accompaniment when going home

We contact the services in your setting (school, basic social services, Primary Healthcare Centre) to ensure ongoing support.

It is not covered by public health

In cases of suspected sexual abuse to a minor

The Social Work Service collaborates with the Functional Unit of Child Abuse (UFAM) of the Hospital. Jointly, a mutidisciplinary response is offered to cases in which there is suspicion of child sexual abuse.

You are a family from a different cultural background

We have an intercultural mediator who works to facilitate communication and the relationship with the reference professionals, as well as guiding and accompanying the process.

Resources for families

Some links leading to pages of the Government of Catalonia are available only in Catalan.

Families with children with or without disabilities

Displaced families during hospitalization

The door is open to all families, and the child is our focus

Our professionals

How can we help you from Social Work?

Lourdes Rodríguez García - secretary of the service

Opening hours
8:30h am to 6h pm from Monday to Friday. From 15th July to 15th September, from 8:30h am to 3h pm, August, from 8:30h am to 3h pm.
Espai Famílies, sector C2
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