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.

Political and Organisational Contexts of Social Work Internationally

Political and organisational contexts of social work internationally
MalcolmPayne

Introduction

Social work is a bottom-up profession, so its organisational and political context in any particular country is formed by the interaction of the needs, history, culture and political assumptions of that nation. Across the world, a range of social works has therefore emerged, produced by many different histories. While there is no international template, countries face similar issues and trends in social need. International interchange influences social policy and the development and organisation of social work services. In this way, the social works of different nations influence each other in a broad stream of development. Moreover, political and organisational systems are influenced by overarching political philosophies and organisational needs. So, ...

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