Opportunities and challenges of a global profession: an international perspective

Lyons, Karen (2018) Opportunities and challenges of a global profession: an international perspective. In: Transnational Social Work: opportunities and challenges of a global profession. Policy Press, Bristol, UK, pp. 19-34. ISBN 9781447333364

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This chapter presents material about the international context within which social work has developed . Social work is a global profession but one which shows considerable variation in its history, education and practices between countries, posing particular challenges for transnational social workers. The chapter questions the extent to which the global definition and international ethical code and education standards are widely understood or applied, weakening the possible utility for transnational social workers. The chapter goes on to acknowledge that many social problems are international in nature and that social workers would recognise the issues and client groups common across national borders. However, the way that services are organised and the expected responses of social workers show significant variations between countries, with implications for local practices. Finally, the chapter identifies some of the commonly reported strengths of transnational social workers but argues that these are often undervalued due to their positioning as incomers to a system and therefore as learners.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: transnational social worker; international definitions and standards; contextual differences; social worker expectations and experiences
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Professions (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Karen Lyons
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2019 09:48
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2020 13:26
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/4589


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