1st Edition

Social Work Practice with War-Affected Children The Importance of Family, Art, Culture, and Context

Edited By Myriam Denov, Meaghan C. Shevell Copyright 2019
    138 Pages
    by Routledge

    138 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explains the effects of war and armed conflict on individual children and their family system, and how culturally responsive social work practice should take into account the diversity and heterogeneity of their needs and lived experiences.

    Unpacking social work practice with children and families affected by war and migration, the volume provides a valuable toolkit for practitioners, educators, researchers, and service-providers that work with war-affected populations around the globe. The contributions suggest that fostering a family approach, allotting careful attention to context and culture, and linking the arts and participation with social work practice, can all be vital to enhancing the research, education, and practice around working with children and families affected by armed conflict.

    Providing a critical reflection of social work education and practice, this book will be of interest to practitioners in the field of social work, as well as researchers studying the social effects of migration. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Family Social Work.

    Introduction – Social work practice with war-affected children and families: the importance of family, culture, arts, and participatory approaches  1. Intergenerational resilience in families affected by war, displacement, and migration: "It runs in the family"  2. Rethinking the meaning of "family" for war-affected young people: implications for social work education  3. Beginning at the beginning in social work education: a case for incorporating arts-based approaches to working with war-affected children and their families  4. Culture, migration, and identity formation in adolescent refugees: a family perspective  5. The essential role of the father: fostering a father-inclusive practice approach with immigrant and refugee families


    Myriam Denov is Full Professor of Social Work at McGill University, Canada, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Youth, Gender and Armed Conflict. Her research is dedicated to children and families affected by war, migration, and their intergenerational effects. She is the author of Child Soldiers: Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front (2010), and co-editor of Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Theory, Method and Practice (2017, with Bree Akesson).

    Meaghan C. Shevell holds a BA in Anthropology and Psychology from McGill University, Canada, and an MA in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University, USA, where she specialized in children’s rights in conflict settings.