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.

Human Rights

Human Rights

Human rights
JosephWronka and Silvia StaubBernasconi


This chapter approaches the issue of human rights by first emphasising that social work from its inception has been called a ‘human rights profession'. It then examines major United Nations (UN) human rights documents and institutional mechanisms that could assist in creating a socially just world, ultimately a global human rights culture, defined as a lived awareness of human rights principles in one's mind and heart, and dragged into the everyday life (Wronka, 2008, see Appendix 5). It then elaborates upon the importance of integrating human rights into social work theory and praxis, enlarging among other things social work's double mandate of the client and society, to include the profession itself.

Social Work's Commitment to Human Rights

Social work has traditionally ...

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