Aiming beyond the agency based approach to field placement in order to strengthen a social justice approach to client’s interactions with their environments

Susan Preston, Purnima George  and Susan Silver outline the potential in merging the challenges for front line social workers, social work students and social work schools to strengthen the values of social justice, with our knowledge base “to build alliances, embrace participatory ways, and infuse a politicized understanding of oppression and dominance into all aspects of our work (Baines, 2007; Campbell, 2002; Dominelli, 1998; 2004).”

They explore the dynamics of our usual agency based placements and outline some potential directions for greater integration of client, agency and the community and draw on the international Federation of Social Workers code of ethics to help frame the underlying focus:

The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being. Utilising theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work. (para. 1)

For most of us, who have wrestled with how to support ourselves and our students to put meaning on how our unique knowledge base is integrated with a social justice approach, this effort by the authors can help.

You can find the link to article here:
Critical Social Work, 2014 Vol. 15, No. 1



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