1st Edition

Social Work in Health Emergencies Global Perspectives

Edited By Patricia Fronek, Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares Copyright 2021
    390 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    390 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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. 


    Chapter 1: Introducing social work in health emergencies

    Patricia Fronek and Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares with Jonathan Dickens

    Part I- Regional, historical and social work perspectives

    Chapter 2: Regions of the world and the COVID-19 health emergency Patricia Fronek and Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares with Jianqiang Liang, Wanchai Roujanavong, Myung Hun Kim, Sungmin Kim, Yanuar Farida Wismayanti, Gokul Mandayam, Antonio López Peláez, Roberta Di Rosa, Jonathan Dickens, Nicoleta Neamțu, Mădălina Hideg, Claudia Fonseca, Carmen Monico, Renie Rondon-Jackson, Gidraph G.Wairire, Janestic Mwende Twikirize, Dorothee Hölscher, Corlie Giliomee, Taghreed Abu Sarhan, Nadia C. Badran, Tarek Zidan, Sareh Rotabi and Lynne Briggs

    Chapter 3: Lessons from pandemic history

    Matthew C. Ward

    Chapter 4: Human dignity

    Donna McAuliffe with Hilary N. Weaver, Sharon E. Moore and Robert Common

    Part II– Social work practice, issues and responses

    Chapter 5: Hospital social work during the second wave in Canada

    Barbara Muskat, Shelley Craig, Deepy Sur and Alexa Kirkland

    Chapter 6: Child protection and health emergencies in Botswana 

    Thabile A. Samboma

    Chapter 7: Family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Louise Harms, Eliza Crossley, Elyssa Hudson, Connie Kellet and Lauren Kosta

    Chapter 8: Families and the COVID-19 pandemic: perspectives from the UK 

    Gabriela Misca, Janet Walker and Gemma Thornton

    Chapter 9: Disability and health emergencies

    Tarek Zidan

    Chapter 10: Ageism, older people and COVID-19

    Malcolm Payne

    Chapter 11: Impacts of global pandemics on people on the move

    Justin S. Lee and Carmen Monico

    Chapter 12: Mental health social work in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 pandemic 

    Ching-Wen Chang and Marcus Chiu

    Chapter 13: Urban homelessness: housing and health equity during health emergencies

    Elizabeth Bowen and Nicole Capozziello

    Chapter 14: The new social services: organising community during ecosocial health crises

    Joel Izlar

    Chapter 15: Challenges and innovations in field education in Australia, New Zealand and the United States

    Lynne Briggs, Jane Maidment, Kathryn Hay, Kai Medina-Martinez, Renie Rondon-Jackson and Patricia Fronek

    Part III– Preparing for the future

    Chapter 16: Social innovation as the need of the hour in health emergencies

    Gokul Mandayam, Samuel Ochieng, Kelley Bunkers, Siân Long, Yoko Kobayashi and Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares

    Chapter 17: Preparing for the next health emergency

    Patricia Fronek and Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares

    Chapter 18: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

    Patricia Fronek and Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares

    Part IV: Bonus Chapters

    Chapter 19: SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife: Q &A with Alan B. Franklin

    Chapter 20: COVID-19: Q &A with Peter C. Doherty


    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.