1st Edition

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




ISBN 9780367272623
Published June 19, 2019 by Routledge
130 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Social work practice with war-affected children and families: the importance of family, culture, arts, and participatory approaches

Myriam Denov and Meaghan C. Shevell

1. Intergenerational resilience in families affected by war, displacement, and migration: "It runs in the family"

Myriam Denov, Maya Fennig, Marjorie Aude Rabiau, and Meaghan C. Shevell

2. Rethinking the meaning of "family" for war-affected young people: implications for social work education

Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, Myriam Denov, Alusine Bah, Léontine Uwababyeyi, and Jean Kagame

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

Claudia Mitchell, Warren Linds, Myriam Denov, Miranda D’Amico, and Brenda Cleary

4. Culture, migration, and identity formation in adolescent refugees: a family perspective

Marjorie Aude Rabiau

5. The essential role of the father: fostering a father-inclusive practice approach with immigrant and refugee families

Sharon Bond

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Biography

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.