Social work is a profession that is increasingly involved with issues which have a global dimension. This Handbook tackles the global/local aspect of social work in its various forms and interrogates the key concerns that societies are facing through an international lens. The contributors show that, with an appreciation of commonalities and differences, local practices and appropriate forms of international activity can be better developed.

Social Work, Social Justice and Protection: A Reflective Review

Social work, social justice and protection: A reflective review
MichaelPreston-Shoot and StaffanHöier

Introduction

International conventions address much of the subject matter of this chapter where the focus is on national and transnational systems for the protection of children and adults from abuse and neglect, young people within the criminal justice system, and the use of law by nation states in respect of individuals and communities. To varying degrees, these international pronouncements concern civil, political, and socioeconomic rights, and increasingly recognise global concerns such as sexual exploitation and drug trafficking.

Social work has boldly claimed part ownership of responsibility for delivering the aspirations expressed in these declarations. It has declared that principles of human rights and social justice form a fundamental ...

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