European Journal of Social Work, vol. 11, 2008, p. 117-129
Social work education in Slovenia is currently undergoing reform. Influenced by the Bologna Declaration, curricula and the length of education are changing. This has given the Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana, an opportunity to address racism and anti-racist practice in social work education, based on the critical analysis of processes that maintain the status quo in social work with members of minority ethnic groups such as the Roma. The approach also involves user perspectives, with a particular emphasis on the views and experiences of ethnic group members.
I.-M. Johansson and others
International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 17, 2008, p. 260-268
Child welfare and child protection services in the Nordic region are shifting from a focus on problems, pathology and deficits to a focus on strengths, capacity building and empowerment. This article describes joint Nordic Masters level courses that have been designed to promote a more inclusive, democratic and empowering way of working with children and their families and to equip students with a global understanding of social problems. To this end the courses were taught be academics from Australia and South Africa as well as the Nordic countries.
S. Koukouli, E. Papadaki and A. Philalithis
International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 17, 2008, p. 216-224
This study presents an analysis of the factors which influenced the development and shape of social work in Greece and explores its present level of professionalisation. Four main factors were identified: 1) the familialist-statist social care model in which social work operates in Greece; 2) reluctant state support due to a complex set of specific political, social and economic conditions; 3) the emergence of new needs in recent years due to population ageing, family changes and increased immigration; and 4) the European Union's financial support and regulatory role in various social policy areas.
European Journal of Social Work, vol.11, 2008, p. 93-104
The philanthropic principles which were originally developed in the late nineteenth century are now being rediscovered and applied to current social work, breaking with traditional welfarist forms of knowledge and practice. This neo-philanthropic tendency can be summed up in four catch phrases which have been in use since the 1980s:
This development suggests that a profound transformation of the welfare state and its concept of citizenship may be taking place.
M. Payne and G. A. Askeland
Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008
Globalization challenges social work with constant social change, making a social worker's job and the task of social work education more complex and uncertain. Post-modern thinking suggests that social workers must learn to cope with complexity in ways that are in tension with the increasingly managerialist organization of the social services. The book explores and questions the concepts 'postmodern', 'international' and 'global' in the light of growing interest in international social work in the early 21st century. Emphasizing the importance of critical reflection, it argues that educational colonization can be challenged and effective anti-discriminatory and pro-equality practice and education promoted. Each chapter provides direct examples of how students and academics can apply these ideas in practice and in their learning, and how they can respond to and influence the challenges and changes that are taking place. The authors also examine educational and practice issues arising from attempts to incorporate international understanding into national practice and education systems.
Oxford: OUP, 2008
The original edition of this book set the stage for recent years' exponential increase of interest in international issues for social workers. This second edition is a thorough revision of that definitive text, and it expands on the sections most valuable to teachers, adds evocative photos from the author's own collection, and provides a wealth of new information to bring the book up-to-the-minute. A comprehensive treatment of international social work, the book emphasizes global interdependence and professional action, themes that provide the context for an engaging examination of social work issues in a global perspective. The book's four sections introduce major concepts and issues in international social work, review the global history of the social work profession as a whole, discuss global ethics, practice and policy, and values, and look ahead to the bright future of international exchange and development.
C. Skehill (editor)
British Journal of Social Work, vol.38, 2008, p. 619-804
This special issue aims to:
Australian Social Work, vol. 61, 2008, p. 124-136
Social justice ranks as the second of five values that underpin the Code of Ethics of the Australian Association of Social Workers. However, although social work's commitment to promoting social justice is laudable, it is unclear exactly what kind of social justice the profession espouses. The author argues in favour of rewriting the Code of Ethics to promote a radically egalitarian approach, while maintaining diversity and defending human rights to cultural, economic, political and social equality.
A. Koon-chui Law and Jiang Xia Gu
Asian Social Work and Policy Review, vol. 2, 2008, p. 1-12
This paper summarises current developments in social work education in China and highlights the challenges confronting it as it expands rapidly. These challenges include gaps in curriculum design, uncertain career prospects for students, confusion around the accreditation system, shortages of resources for teaching and fieldwork supervision, and potential value conflicts among social workers. However, the future is bright, thanks to recognition by the Chinese government of the value of social work in tackling some of the problems arising from rapid social and economic change.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, vol. 52, 2008, p. 564-572
Western society is witnessing a transformation of professional practices in human services due to the introduction of neoliberal managerialism. This paper offers a review of the main features of neoliberal managerialism identified in the research literature. Managerialism rejects traditional ideas about professional independence and autonomy and seeks to bring the specialists under management control, leading to tension and conflict. On the other hand some professionals have responded by seeking to abide by the new rules and accept the changes in their work imposed by managerialism.