To clarify the significance of individual rights (including the right to social services) we need to explore at least three different perspectives. From the point of view of administrative law the nature and scope of the right to social services are to some extent problematic. Another interesting legal question is the constitutional standing some of the rights involved may have. From the standpoint of the officials a strong focus on rights has certain negative consequences. However, it is important to note that ethical guidelines for social workers and legal provisions on the protection of the client’s basic rights partly overlap. Finally, from the recipient’s perspective rights secure his/her interests and safeguard him/her from abuse of power. They also have an inclusive function as they are meant to place recipients on an equal footing with other citizens.