Social Work in Health Emergencies : Global Perspectives book cover
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Social Work in Health Emergencies
Global Perspectives

ISBN 9780367628741
Published March 1, 2022 by Routledge
390 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first comprehensive book that provides accessible, international knowledge for practitioners, students and academics about social work in health emergencies and spans fields of practice across world regions with particular reference to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Divided into three sections:

Regional, Historical and Social Work Perspectives takes a journey through world regions during the first six months of the pandemic as it unfolded, explores the lessons found in the history of pandemics and situates public health social work practice in the values of the profession. Situating the diversity of challenges and opportunities in context, in turn, influences current and future social work practice.

Social Work Practice, Issues and Responses explores social work practice innovations and responses across eleven key practice fields. International authors feature social work responses during the COVID-19 health emergency from different regions of the world.

Preparing for the Future analyses broader concepts, innovations and the implications for future practices as social work enters a new era of service delivery. The 20 chapters explore the convergence of pandemic, politics and planet which is critiqued within a framework of the profession’s ethics and values of human dignity, human rights and social justice. Social work’s place in public health is firmly situated and built on the premise that the value social work brings to the table deserves recognition and should be documented to inform the development of the profession and future practice and how social work must carry lessons forward to prepare for the next pandemic. 

The book is relevant to a wide range of audiences, including practitioners, educators and students in social work, human services, international development and public health, as well as policy makers and researchers. 


Table of Contents

1. Introducing social work in health emergencies.  Part I- Regional, historical and social work perspectives.  2. Regions of the world and the COVID-19 health emergency.  3. Lessons from pandemic history.  4. Human dignity.  Part II– Social work practice, issues and responses.  5. Hospital social work during the second wave in Canada.  6. Child protection and health emergencies in Botswana.  7. Family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.  8. Families and the COVID-19 pandemic: perspectives from the UK.  9. Disability and health emergencies.  10. Ageism, older people and COVID-19.  11. Impacts of global pandemics on people on the move.  12. Mental health social work in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 pandemic.  13. Urban homelessness: housing and health equity during health emergencies.  14. The new social services: organising community during ecosocial health crises.  15. Challenges and innovations in field education in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.  Part III– Preparing for the future.  16. Social innovation as the need of the hour in health emergencies.  17. Preparing for the next health emergency.  18. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Part IV: Bonus chapters.  19. SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife: Q &A with Alan B. Franklin.  20. COVID-19: Q &A with Peter C. Doherty

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Patricia Fronek is an Associate Professor in social work, academic and researcher in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Griffith University, Australia. Currently, she is the Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program, a member of Griffith University’s Law Futures Research Centre, and is Special Advisor to Child Identity Protection (CHIP). Social justice, human rights, ethics and professional practice are core to her practice and research over the last forty years. Her work is widely published and highly regarded.

Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares is a Professor in social work with a background in child protection and family support. Her work is international and she has been engaged in child rights and health promotion projects in a number of countries, to include Belize, Guatemala, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Malawi, the United Arab Emirates and Somalia. Focused on child rights, Rotabi-Casares is most interested in prevention with an orientation to the development of programs that engage the community and human service organizations in social change.