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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2008): Social care - overseas

Race, resistance and restructuring: emerging skills in the new social services

D. Baines

Social Work, vol. 53, 2008, p.123-131

Since the introduction of the first neoliberal federal budget in the mid-1980s, cuts in funding, restrictions on entitlements, the introduction of private sector management techniques, the growth of deskilling and successive waves of restructuring have demoralised Canadian social workers. Drawing on data from a larger study of the effects of restructuring on frontline social workers, this article explores the resistance strategies used by female First Nations social workers and social workers of colour in the face of changing work structures. It analyses how the marginalised position of many First Nations workers and workers of colour has shaped the kind of resistance strategies that they use in the course of their paid and unpaid work. It focuses in particular on unpaid work (unrecognised overtime, volunteer work, social activism) as a form of resistance.

Social workers and the NASW Code of Ethics: belief, behavior, disjuncture

N.N. DiFranks

Social Work, vol. 53, 2008, p. 167-176

A quantitative descriptive survey of a national sample of 206 US social workers examined discrepancies between belief in the NASW Code of Ethics and behaviour in implementing the code and social workers' disjunctive distress when belief and behaviour are discordant. The scores for belief, behaviour and disjuncture indicate that social workers believe in the code, behave in congruence with the code, and do not experience undue amounts of stress in regard to discrepancies between belief and behaviour vis--vis the code. Although there is moderate disjuncture and discordance, their presence does not indicate serious inadequacies in the Code of Ethics.

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