KEY FEATURES: A focus on international collaboration in social welfare includes the way social policymaking is becoming increasingly internationalized through the efforts of multi-lateral organizations and the willingness of national governments to collaborate on international initiatives. A sensitivity to cultural diversity discusses the realities of global social welfare. An in-depth overview of the role of families and communities, nonprofits and faith-based organizations, commercial providers, professional social workers, and governments in social welfare addresses the local and international efforts to enhance social well-being. A balanced approach to controversial issues details the strengths and weaknesses of different perspectives. An extensive knowledge and use of the latest bibliographic references in the field exposes readers to key research and theory.

Professional Social Work in the International Context

6 Professional social work in the international context

Social work is an example of how the professions contribute to social welfare. Although other professions, such as nursing and teaching also promote people’s wellbeing by addressing their health and educational needs, it was noted earlier in this book that social work has historically been dedicated to solving social problems and that it is a good illustration of how professional institutions enhance social welfare. For this reason, this chapter focuses exclusively on the social work profession and its international role. Although social work has not achieved the same status and recognition as older professions, such as medicine and law, it has created professional associations, expanded its membership, established professional training ...

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