As the government's policies on preventing and tackling radicalisation in young people once more hits the headlines, one practitioner explores the social work role in working with those identified as 'radicalised':
Strengthening Social Work Practice: A Better Understanding Of Anti-Oppressive Practice Is Required
At times I wonder whether certain people, particularly those who do not associate with the world of social work, actually understand us! It is alarming at times when I read particular statements like: 'to much focus is given to anti-oppressive practice in social work courses'.
The Social Work Action Network was formed in 2004 to challenge the growing marketisation of social work and social care, and to defend a social work practice based on social justice. We have consistently opposed austerity policies since their introduction after 2008.
Although as a broad network of social workers, service users, students and academics we are not affiliated to any political party, SWAN welcomes the energised and refreshing debate emerging from Jeremy Corbyn MP’s Labour leadership campaign.
SWAN is clear in it's stand against the privatised education schemes Frontline and Step Up. Deliberately undermining existing social work courses, and drastically reducing the scope of education upon which practitioners can base their practice, SWAN is deeply concerned about the growing moves to prioritise these courses above all others across the UK. As debate grows apparently preparing the way for a permanent split between Adult and Children and Families social work education, one social worker reflects upon the role of rounded education: