Das políticas às práticas
: o contrato de inserção no âmbito do rendimento social de inserção

  • Catarina Ferreira Regalo (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This Master’s dissertation is based on social policies, mainly on the Social Integration Income (SII) policy. The active social policies adopted in Portugal and in the European Union in order to fight poverty and social exclusion are based on the implementation of concepts such as individualization, contractualisation and negotiation. The measures built on these principles of social citizenship promote the individuals’ participation in the definition of a contract which main objectives are their social and professional integration. This process towards integration is a complex task which calls on the involvement of everyone who is part of this process so that the answers can match the individuals and families’ needs. Bearing this in mind, this study’s main objective is to contribute to a reflection on how to apply the results that would come from this measure, that is, we want to understand how the people who benefit from this Integration Contract would interpret it, to understand if this social benefit has been promoting the social and professional integration of those to whom it is granted or if it has been contributing to the spreading of certain aspects that make these people more and more dependent on this benefit. It is a descriptive, quantitative and transversal study and the sample is formed by 101beneficiaries from a region located in Viseu`s district parishes who worked with the SII multidisciplinary team. The results we got when we applied the questionnaire build for this purpose showed that the majority of the beneficiaries sought help from the SII because of their low incomes, that they consider this benefit as being insufficient, a situation that doesn’t allow them to overcome the poverty cycle in which they live and that doesn’t contribute to the autonomisation of this measure. However they consider that this measure is an important support to impro
Date of Award2015
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorCélia Ribeiro (Supervisor) & Margarida Henriques (Supervisor)


  • Social Integration Income
  • Integration contract
  • Beneficiaries
  • Multidisciplinary teams


  • Mestrado em Serviço Social

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