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Introducing International Social Work

Introducing International Social Work

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June 2009 | 160 pages | Learning Matters
This book guides the reader through the international development of social work and discusses how aspects of globalisation are making it an increasingly international activity and profession. Individual chapters locate the UK population historically and currently as a multicultural community and explore the international issues that social workers in the UK confront in their daily practice with children and families, people with mental health issues and older people. This text helps students meet the academic benchmarks and National Occupational Standards that require them to locate social work practice in a European and international context.
Understanding international social work
Global is local is global
Developing an international social work perspective
International aspects of social work with children, young people and families
International perspectives on social work with people with Mental Health issues
International aspects of social work with elders
International aspects of social work with people with disabilities
Social work as an international profession: origins, organisations and networks
Web-based resources for international social work

This is a comprehensive guide for my students on international social work. This also links to their assignment. I have adopted this for two courses (6004SWA and 5009SWA).

Miss Rachael Cleveland-Doxford
Faculty of Health and Social Care, Coventry University
September 29, 2023

This area of social work can be left behind when putting together social work programme modules and yet it is vital that students understand that their profession goes beyond the boundaries of the UK and Europe.
This is a good introduction to the broader area of general social work practice overseas and whets the appetite for more.

Ms Donna Price
Dept of Childhood, Social Work & Social Care, University of Chichester
April 16, 2014

Excellent for BA and MA students in Social Work - providing them with inspiration and extending their knowledge of SW.

Dr Kim Robinson
Social Work (Medway), University of Kent
June 18, 2013

This is an extremely interesting book which I will use over many different modules on post-graduate and undergraduate social work degree modules.

I am currently considering international issues in social work as part of my own professional development and found this a very useful text.

Dr Ann Hodson
Social Work, Dundee University
January 4, 2013

Sue Lawrence

Sue qualified as a social worker in1976 and has been a social work educator since 1991, currently Principal Lecturer in International Social Work at London Metropolitan University. Sue has been actively involved in European social work research, networks and exchanges throughout her career and is a Course Director of the MA Comparative European Social Studies (MACESS) and Course Leader of the Professional Doctorate International Social Work. Sue is currently UK representative on the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW), is on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Social Work and is a reviewer for the journal... More About Author

Karen H. Lyons

Following an early career in school social work, Karen Lyons taught social work for 26 years at the University of East London. She initiated a degree year option in International Social Work in the 1990s which was subsequently developed into an MA programme. These courses drew on experience gained through an ERASMUS network, including student exchange programmes. She is now an Emeritus Professor (International Social Work) at London Metropolitan University where she is based as the Editor in Chief of the Journal, International Social Work. Other current work includes research student supervision; writing; and consultancy work, in the UK... More About Author

Graeme Simpson

After spending 19 years in child care social work, Graeme Simpson joined the University of Wolverhampton in 1997, where he has organised successful overseas student placements. European and International social work is a specialist interest and he has led international seminars in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands and also the UK. A current focus of his work is developing the international perspective within mainstream social work education. Other work includes being a member of the Book Review Panel for European Journal of Social Work and also reviews papers for International Social Work. More About Author

Nathalie Huegler

Nathalie Huegler trained as a social worker in Germany and has since worked with young refugees in different settings, currently as a senior social worker supporting child torture survivors in a charity in London. After an M.A. in International Social Work and Refugee Studies from the University of East London (in 2004), she is now studying towards a PhD at London Metropolitan University, focussing on social work with separated children and human rights, from a cross-national comparative perspective. Other activities include editorial assistance work for the journal International Social Work, and part-time teaching at London Metropolitan... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781844451326