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noun social welfare (in Britain)
a place to which distressed people, such as vagrants, addicts, victims of a disaster, refugees, etc, go pending more permanent arrangements
a local-authority home where children are looked after in a family crisis or where long-term placement is arranged for a child whose family cannot provide a home
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