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Adaptation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.111, h-index: 4)
Aesthetic Surgery J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 1.538, h-index: 35)
African Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 57, SJR: 1.512, h-index: 46)
Age and Ageing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 82, SJR: 1.611, h-index: 107)
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American Entomologist     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
American Historical Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 130, SJR: 0.652, h-index: 43)
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Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19, SJR: 0.884, h-index: 31)
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Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.102, h-index: 20)
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Biometrika     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19, SJR: 2.801, h-index: 90)
BioScience     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28, SJR: 2.374, h-index: 154)
Bioscience Horizons : The National Undergraduate Research J.     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.213, h-index: 9)
Biostatistics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 1.955, h-index: 55)
BJA : British J. of Anaesthesia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 142, SJR: 2.314, h-index: 133)
BJA Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 66, SJR: 0.272, h-index: 20)
Brain     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 61, SJR: 6.097, h-index: 264)
Briefings in Bioinformatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 45, SJR: 4.086, h-index: 73)
Briefings in Functional Genomics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 1.771, h-index: 50)
British J. for the Philosophy of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33, SJR: 1.267, h-index: 38)
British J. of Aesthetics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25, SJR: 0.217, h-index: 18)
British J. of Criminology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 511, SJR: 1.373, h-index: 62)
British J. of Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 79, SJR: 0.771, h-index: 53)
British Medical Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 1.391, h-index: 84)
British Yearbook of Intl. Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 1.474, h-index: 31)
Cambridge J. of Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56, SJR: 0.957, h-index: 59)
Cambridge J. of Regions, Economy and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 1.067, h-index: 22)
Cambridge Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.1, h-index: 7)
Capital Markets Law J.     Hybrid Journal  
Carcinogenesis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 2.439, h-index: 167)
Cardiovascular Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 2.897, h-index: 175)
Cerebral Cortex     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39, SJR: 4.827, h-index: 192)
CESifo Economic Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 0.501, h-index: 19)
Chemical Senses     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.436, h-index: 76)
Children and Schools     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.211, h-index: 18)
Chinese J. of Comparative Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Chinese J. of Intl. Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21, SJR: 0.737, h-index: 11)
Chinese J. of Intl. Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 1.238, h-index: 15)
Christian Bioethics: Non-Ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.191, h-index: 8)
Classical Receptions J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17, SJR: 0.1, h-index: 3)
Clinical Infectious Diseases     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 58, SJR: 4.742, h-index: 261)
Clinical Kidney J.     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.338, h-index: 19)
Community Development J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24, SJR: 0.47, h-index: 28)
Computer J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.371, h-index: 47)
Conservation Physiology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Contemporary Women's Writing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.111, h-index: 3)
Contributions to Political Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.313, h-index: 10)
Critical Values     Full-text available via subscription  
Current Legal Problems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Current Zoology     Full-text available via subscription   (SJR: 0.999, h-index: 20)
Database : The J. of Biological Databases and Curation     Open Access   (Followers: 11, SJR: 1.068, h-index: 24)
Digital Scholarship in the Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Diplomatic History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18, SJR: 0.296, h-index: 22)
DNA Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 2.42, h-index: 77)
Dynamics and Statistics of the Climate System     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Early Music     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14, SJR: 0.124, h-index: 11)
Economic Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 54, SJR: 2.052, h-index: 52)
ELT J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25, SJR: 1.26, h-index: 23)
English Historical Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 46, SJR: 0.311, h-index: 10)
English: J. of the English Association     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13, SJR: 0.144, h-index: 3)
Environmental Entomology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.791, h-index: 66)
Environmental Epigenetics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Environmental History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25, SJR: 0.197, h-index: 25)
EP-Europace     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 2.201, h-index: 71)
Epidemiologic Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 3.917, h-index: 81)
ESHRE Monographs     Hybrid Journal  
Essays in Criticism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15, SJR: 0.1, h-index: 6)
European Heart J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 47, SJR: 6.997, h-index: 227)
European Heart J. - Cardiovascular Imaging     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 2.044, h-index: 58)
European Heart J. - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
European Heart J. - Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes     Hybrid Journal  
European Heart J. Supplements     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.152, h-index: 31)
European J. of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 1.568, h-index: 104)
European J. of Intl. Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 151, SJR: 0.722, h-index: 38)
European J. of Orthodontics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 1.09, h-index: 60)
European J. of Public Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22, SJR: 1.284, h-index: 64)
European Review of Agricultural Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 1.549, h-index: 42)
European Review of Economic History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27, SJR: 0.628, h-index: 24)
European Sociological Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39, SJR: 2.061, h-index: 53)
Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Family Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 1.048, h-index: 77)
Fems Microbiology Ecology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 1.687, h-index: 115)
Fems Microbiology Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20, SJR: 1.126, h-index: 118)
Fems Microbiology Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25, SJR: 7.587, h-index: 150)
Fems Yeast Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13, SJR: 1.213, h-index: 66)
Foreign Policy Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21, SJR: 0.859, h-index: 10)
Forestry: An Intl. J. of Forest Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 0.903, h-index: 44)
Forum for Modern Language Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.108, h-index: 6)
French History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30, SJR: 0.123, h-index: 10)
French Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19, SJR: 0.119, h-index: 7)
French Studies Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.102, h-index: 3)
Gastroenterology Report     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Genome Biology and Evolution     Open Access   (Followers: 10, SJR: 3.22, h-index: 39)
Geophysical J. Intl.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31, SJR: 1.839, h-index: 119)
German History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25, SJR: 0.437, h-index: 13)
GigaScience     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Global Summitry     Hybrid Journal  
Glycobiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14, SJR: 1.692, h-index: 101)
Health and Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 46, SJR: 0.505, h-index: 40)
Health Education Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.814, h-index: 80)
Health Policy and Planning     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21, SJR: 1.628, h-index: 66)
Health Promotion Intl.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.664, h-index: 60)
History Workshop J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27, SJR: 0.313, h-index: 20)
Holocaust and Genocide Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23, SJR: 0.115, h-index: 13)
Human Molecular Genetics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 4.288, h-index: 233)
Human Reproduction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 78, SJR: 2.271, h-index: 179)
Human Reproduction Update     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19, SJR: 4.678, h-index: 128)
Human Rights Law Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 58, SJR: 0.7, h-index: 21)
ICES J. of Marine Science: J. du Conseil     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 54, SJR: 1.233, h-index: 88)
ICSID Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
ILAR J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.099, h-index: 51)
IMA J. of Applied Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.329, h-index: 26)
IMA J. of Management Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.351, h-index: 20)
IMA J. of Mathematical Control and Information     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.661, h-index: 28)
IMA J. of Numerical Analysis - advance access     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 2.032, h-index: 44)
Industrial and Corporate Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 1.37, h-index: 81)
Industrial Law J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29, SJR: 0.184, h-index: 15)
Information and Inference     Free  
Integrative and Comparative Biology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 1.911, h-index: 90)
Interacting with Computers     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.529, h-index: 59)
Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.743, h-index: 35)
Intl. Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 51, SJR: 1.264, h-index: 53)
Intl. Data Privacy Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Intl. Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.835, h-index: 15)
Intl. Immunology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 1.613, h-index: 111)
Intl. J. for Quality in Health Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32, SJR: 1.593, h-index: 69)
Intl. J. of Constitutional Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 59, SJR: 0.613, h-index: 19)
Intl. J. of Epidemiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 128, SJR: 4.381, h-index: 145)
Intl. J. of Law and Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.247, h-index: 8)
Intl. J. of Law, Policy and the Family     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28, SJR: 0.307, h-index: 15)
Intl. J. of Lexicography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.404, h-index: 18)
Intl. J. of Low-Carbon Technologies     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.457, h-index: 12)
Intl. J. of Neuropsychopharmacology     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 1.69, h-index: 79)
Intl. J. of Public Opinion Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.906, h-index: 33)
Intl. J. of Refugee Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32, SJR: 0.231, h-index: 21)
Intl. J. of Transitional Justice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13, SJR: 0.833, h-index: 12)
Intl. Mathematics Research Notices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 2.052, h-index: 42)
Intl. Political Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30, SJR: 1.339, h-index: 19)
Intl. Relations of the Asia-Pacific     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17, SJR: 0.539, h-index: 17)
Intl. Studies Perspectives     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.998, h-index: 28)
Intl. Studies Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36, SJR: 2.184, h-index: 68)
Intl. Studies Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17, SJR: 0.783, h-index: 38)
ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.155, h-index: 4)
ITNOW     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.102, h-index: 4)
J. of African Economies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15, SJR: 0.647, h-index: 30)
J. of American History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39, SJR: 0.286, h-index: 34)
J. of Analytical Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13, SJR: 1.038, h-index: 60)
J. of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17, SJR: 2.157, h-index: 149)
J. of Antitrust Enforcement     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
J. of Applied Poultry Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.563, h-index: 43)
J. of Biochemistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43, SJR: 1.341, h-index: 96)
J. of Chromatographic Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 0.448, h-index: 42)
J. of Church and State     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.167, h-index: 11)
J. of Competition Law and Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 34, SJR: 0.442, h-index: 16)
J. of Complex Networks     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.165, h-index: 5)
J. of Conflict and Security Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.196, h-index: 15)
J. of Consumer Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 41, SJR: 4.896, h-index: 121)
J. of Crohn's and Colitis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 1.543, h-index: 37)
J. of Cybersecurity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
J. of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.69, h-index: 36)
J. of Design History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15, SJR: 0.166, h-index: 14)
J. of Economic Entomology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.894, h-index: 76)
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J. of European Competition Law & Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
J. of Experimental Botany     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14, SJR: 2.798, h-index: 163)
J. of Financial Econometrics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21, SJR: 1.314, h-index: 27)
J. of Global Security Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
J. of Heredity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 1.024, h-index: 76)
J. of Hindu Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.186, h-index: 3)
J. of Hip Preservation Surgery     Open Access  
J. of Human Rights Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.399, h-index: 10)
J. of Infectious Diseases     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40, SJR: 4, h-index: 209)
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Journal Cover British Journal of Social Work
  [SJR: 0.771]   [H-I: 53]   [79 followers]  Follow
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   ISSN (Print) 0045-3102 - ISSN (Online) 1468-263X
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  • To Boldly Struggle where Once We Aspired to Go: Disability Today
    • Authors: Golightley M.
      First page: 601
      Abstract: One of the catch phrases of the disability movement in the 1990s played cleverly with the famous Star Trek mission slogan (To boldly go where no one has gone before), proclaiming instead, To boldly go where all others have gone before. For those of us who taught disability studies in the 1980s and 1990s—those heady days of the conceptual revolution of the social model of disability and growing politicised coalitions of disabled people—recent reports in the British press that disabled people remain amongst the poorest and most disadvantaged in our society alongside evidence of their daily struggles to survive let alone experience any real quality of life are not just sobering, but downright depressing. Yet, in the same week, the University of Hull announced that it had benefitted from a substantial legacy from an alumna, Barbara Canham Turner, who died at the age of ninety-four. Born with cerebral palsy, which meant she struggled throughout her life with speech, writing and mobility, she treasured her time at the university and the opportunities her significant educational achievements had given her, including a distinguished career at the British Council. The university announcement concludes: ‘Barbara’s story is truly inspiring, and we hope her name and life will inspire University of Hull students and staff for generations.’ One wonders what Barbara thought about increasingly draconian welfare policies which are progressively denying disabled people not just the opportunities to enhance their lives, but the conditions to meet basic needs and realise rights which we like to think are assumed in twenty-first century Britain. In the development of the social model of disability, social workers were castigated for their subscribing to an individualised, pathologising approach to disabled people. We have understood, and it behoves us now to lend our strength as a profession to those whose well-being is being systematically undermined.
      PubDate: 2017-06-10
      DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcx043
  • Erratum
    • First page: 964
      Abstract: The British Journal of Social Work
      PubDate: 2017-06-10
      DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcx061
  • Family-Inclusive Approaches to Reablement in Mental Health: Models,
           Mechanisms and Outcomes
    • Authors: Tew J; Nicholls V, Plumridge G, et al.
      Abstract: This paper reports on a national study of ‘whole-family’ models of practice—and how these may (or may not) contribute to the reablement of people with mental health difficulties. Using a capabilities-based perspective, it is argued that, within the context of mental health, reablement may best be defined in terms of empowerment and social participation. Framed within a realist evaluation methodology, the study employs a comparative case study design to explore the relationships between contexts of intervention, mechanisms of change and the achievement (or otherwise) of reablement outcomes. Four distinct practice approaches in current use were examined: Systemic Family Therapy, Behavioural Family Therapy, Family Group Conferencing and an Integrated Systemic/Behavioural approach. Using a sample of twenty-two families, separate interviews were undertaken with service users, family members and practitioners, and narrative accounts were triangulated with scaled responses to scorecard questions. From an analysis of these data, heuristic models of change are derived for each approach. From this, a composite schema is developed that charts how, with different starting points and routes, engaging with whole families may lead to the construction of a secure and empowering base from which service users may reconnect with wider social worlds.
      PubDate: 2016-08-25
  • Developing a Health Inequalities Approach for Mental Health Social Work
    • Authors: Karban K.
      Abstract: Despite increasing evidence of the impact of health inequalities on mental health (Pickett and Wilkinson, 2015), there is only limited recognition of the potential role for mental health social work in addressing ‘upstream’ as well as ‘downstream’ challenges of poverty, disadvantage and oppression affecting many people experiencing mental health difficulties. This paper presents some of the current evidence concerning mental health inequalities and the opportunities for mental health social workers to promote well-being. A theme throughout the paper is the need to avoid the many examples of dichotomous thinking that frequently characterise thinking about mental health and mental health practice. Additionally, the limitations of an individualised recovery discourse are acknowledged. Drawing on Krieger’s (2011) eco-social model, the social determinants of mental health are considered and the concept of embodiment is examined for its contribution to a more nuanced understanding of the relationship between inequality and health. Finally, the paper offers a version of mental health social work that ‘faces both ways’, involving issues at both the individual and the wider societal levels. This includes developing and extending partnerships with service users and carers and with other professional and agencies.
      PubDate: 2016-08-20
  • Continuing Professional Development in Social Work, Carmel Halton, Fred
           Powell and Margaret Scanlon
    • Authors: Rogers J.
      Abstract: Continuing Professional Development in Social Work, HaltonCarmel, PowellFred and ScanlonMargaret, Bristol, Policy Press, 2015, pp. 256, ISBN 9781447307389, £24.99 (p/b)
      PubDate: 2016-07-13
  • The Trouble with Touch? New Insights and Observations on Touch for
           Social Work and Social Care
    • Authors: Green L.
      Abstract: This article overviews multidisciplinary knowledge on touch and explores its relevance for social work. It evaluates the limited literature from social work and related practice-based disciplines which suggests how potentially harmful and risk-averse many current ‘professional’ touch practices are. Alternative biological and psychological literature is analysed, elucidating the importance of regular positive touch for good physical and mental health, the adverse consequences of abusive touch or touch deficit and the corresponding potential for restorative touch practices. Social-psychological, clinical and consumer research is also drawn on, demonstrating links between touch, persuasion and aversion, and registering clear gender, age, sexuality, power and cross-national differences. The analysis is then extended through an examination of sociological and philosophical literature which guards against viewing the mind and body as unrelated entities, evaluates work-based touch within organisational contexts, and highlights the profound influence of history, culture and social class. This synthesis of diverse multidisciplinary literature therefore illuminates the potential consequences of social workers adopting an uninformed, defensive and avoidant or control-orientated stance towards touch whilst simultaneously constructing new insights to help social workers acquire more nuanced understandings and practise more knowledgeably and empathically.
      PubDate: 2016-07-12
  • Mobile Phones and Contact Arrangements for Children Living in Care
    • Authors: Macdonald G; Kelly GP, Higgins KM, et al.
      Abstract: This paper reports the findings from the first UK study to examine the use of mobile phones by looked after children. Contact with family and friends is important, but it has sometimes to be carefully managed to avoid unintended consequences such as placement instability. The study examined the ways in which mobile phone technology impacts on contact, drawing on the experiences of children and young people in foster-care and residential care, and of policy makers, social workers, foster parents and residential care staff. No guidance was available that addressed the issue of mobile phone contact arrangements for looked after children and young people. Three years on from the start of the study, this remains the case in the area where the study was conducted, resulting in variation in the way mobile phone use for contact is managed; the issue appears only to be specifically addressed when identified as a problem. The position of mobile phone facilitated contact as a recognised form of contact requires review. The evidence suggests it should routinely form part of children’s care plans, and that residential staff and foster parents need to be adequately prepared and supported for the dynamics of mobile phone facilitated contact.
      PubDate: 2016-07-12
  • Effective Observation in Social Work Practice, Maureen O’Loughlin and
           Steve O’Loughlin (eds)
    • Authors: Old J.
      Abstract: Effective Observation in Social Work Practice, O’LoughlinMaureen and O’LoughlinSteve (eds), London, SAGE, 2015, pp. v + 95, ISBN 978–1–44628–277–9, £16.99 (p/b)
      PubDate: 2016-06-02
  • Altruistic Exploitation: Orphan Tourism and Global Social Work
    • Authors: Rotabi K; Roby JL, McCreery Bunkers K.
      Abstract: Despite the abundant scientific evidence demonstrating the benefits of family-based care for children and the damages brought on by institution-based care, the social work profession continues to endorse and engage in practices that promote the latter. This is particularly true through orphan tourism and orphan volunteerism—short- and longer-term forms of providing aid to residential facilities caring for children. Using educational tours to orphanages, fundraising and service projects, and academic internships based in such facilities, the profession contributes to the perpetuation of institution-based care and forms of exploitation. Based on an exhaustive review of the global literature and utilising an innovative theoretical framework of ‘altruistic exploitation’, the authors explore the ironic juxtaposition of benefits and harms associated with orphan tourism to the various stakeholders. Volunteers are often exploited in fulfilling their altruistic motives while at the same time engaging in potential exploitation of the very children they aim to serve.
      Authors further examine social work implications in the policy, practice and research arenas, and provide examples and recommendations in preventing family separation, promoting family-based alternative care and empowering communities.
      PubDate: 2016-05-30
  • The Practice Educator’s Handbook, 3rd edn, Sarah Williams and Lynne
           Rutter, series editors: Keith Brown and Steve Keen
    • Authors: Hillison K.
      Abstract: The Practice Educator’s Handbook, 3rd edn,WilliamsSarah and RutterLynne, series editors: BrownKeith and KeenSteve, London, Learning Matters (an imprint of Sage Publications Ltd), 2015, pp. viii + 197, ISBN 978–1–4739–1958–7, £22.99 (p/b)
      PubDate: 2016-05-27
  • Referrals and Child Protection in England: One in Five Children Referred
           to Children’s Services and One in Nineteen Investigated before the Age
           of Five
    • Authors: Bilson A; Martin KC.
      Abstract: Based on a Freedom of Information request with data from 75 per cent of all English children’s services departments covering over half a million children, this paper shows that 22.5 per cent of children born in the 2009–10 financial year were referred to children’s social care before their fifth birthday. Three-quarters of them were at some point assessed, almost two-thirds found to be in need and a quarter formally investigated. These findings show the full extent of children’s involvement in children’s social care before the age of five. One in every nine children born in 2009–10 was suspected by social workers of being abused and this high level of involvement is only justifiable if it is demonstrably reducing harm and promoting well-being of children—an outcome which is contested. Early Help’s introduction was associated with high proportions of children being referred and assessed and rapidly increasing numbers of investigations, thus questioning its ability to prevent entry to the child protection system. The paper calls for a change from the current emphasis on individualised and investigative approaches to child protection in order to provide an effective and humane response to children, the majority of whom live in families affected by high levels of deprivation and poverty.
      PubDate: 2016-05-24
  • Social Work in the Context of an Ongoing Security Threat: Role
           Description, Personal Experiences and Conceptualisation
    • Authors: Nuttman-Shwartz O; Sternberg R.
      Abstract: In the wake of the recent increase in acts of terror and natural disasters, research literature has begun to focus more attention on situations in which trauma workers and their clients are simultaneously exposed to the same threat. However, less attention had been paid to the role of social workers in continuous shared traumatic situations. This article presents three case descriptions of events that emerged from social workers ‘under fire’. The cases reveal that these situations oscillate from events that become routine, to events that combine extreme trauma and loss, and events that allow for the provision of assistance from broader elements of the community. The questions that emerged from the narratives call for rethinking and revision of conceptualisations of the role of social work and social work practitioners in war and emergency situations. To conclude, practical recommendations at all levels of intervention are offered.
      PubDate: 2016-05-19
  • Researching Racism: The Colour of Face Value, Challenges and Opportunities
    • Authors: Maiter S; Joseph AJ.
      Abstract: Researchers and practitioners in social work value qualitative research for the opportunity to engage with issues of social justice including relations of power, and attention to the political, historical and social relations of difference. Interview narratives are all too often accepted at face value as authentic, true voice, representing experience without analysis of what is being represented politically. An analysis of the relations and operations of power provides additional contextual insight to face-value analyses with further opportunities for understanding and social change. When left uninterrogated, face-value analyses are permeable to the reproduction of knowledge without critical analyses of race, ability, sexual orientation or gender and can perpetuate modernist ideas that knowledge is observable and transparent and (re)institutes Western/Eurocentric knowledge as dominant/superior. This paper explores critical reflections on our research and provides a discussion of some of the opportunities identified from our research experiences. Through a discussion of the representation of voice as a production in progress; an attention to analyses for historical, social and political positioning; and a critique of face-value analyses, a conceptual framework is offered that may assist researchers to resist reliance on or accepting of analyses as transparent that eludes an analysis of racism and other forms of discrimination.
      PubDate: 2016-05-17
  • The Resilience of Child Protection Social Workers: Are They at Risk and If
           So, How Do They Adjust? A Systematic Meta-Synthesis
    • Authors: Truter E; Fouché A, Theron L.
      Abstract: Globally, social workers protect, among others, children who are in need of care and protection. Child protection social workers protect children by means of statutory intervention. Concomitant professional risks threaten child protection social workers’ well-being and competence, resulting in sub-standard services, attrition and calls for child protection social worker resilience. Promoting child protection social worker resilience requires a deep understanding of child protection social worker risk and resilience. Given the scarcity of studies focused on child protection social worker risk and resilience around the globe, we aimed to ascertain how well child protection social worker risk and resilience are understood. We thus undertook a systematic meta-synthesis of fourteen qualitative studies on child protection social worker risk and resilience. This meta-synthesis demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of child protection social worker risk in minority-world countries, but not in majority-world countries. It also demonstrates an inadequate understanding of child protection social worker resilience worldwide.
      PubDate: 2016-05-17
  • Cultural Competency in the Global Setting: Are Social Work Students
           Prepared to Serve in a Culturally Diverse World?
    • Authors: Small E; Nikolova S, Sharma BB.
      Abstract: The purpose of this study was to understand how a sample of students of social work at a large university with over 35,000 students would embrace cultural competency and were prepared or interested in taking a course in international social work prior to working abroad. A self-administrated web-based survey assessed students’ knowledge, competency and interest in international social work. A total of 272 students (18 per cent) responded to the survey. The analysis of contingency tables showed that participants (76.2 per cent) who indicated that cultural competency was important to them before working abroad also had greater interest in international student exchange programmes. Master’s students were more interested in global issues as compared to Bachelor of Social Work and Ph.D. students (χ2 = 9.6, p = 0.047). There were no significant differences in students’ interests and cultural competency based on their citizenship status (χ2 = 0.819, p = 0.845). The study affirms that students of social work are ready and willing to study in other cultural contexts. It is therefore essential that programme curricula are developed to correspond to this need by emphasising cultural competency courses in international social work. Educational and practice implications are discussed.
      PubDate: 2016-05-13
  • Understanding Social Support in Reunification: The Views of Foster
           Children, Birth Families and Social Workers
    • Authors: Balsells M; Pastor C, Molina M, et al.
      Abstract: Research suggests that the social support received from fathers and mothers is a key factor in the reunification process, particularly on a foster child’s return home. However, little is known regarding the nature of this support, its sources and the aspects on which such support should be focused. The aim of this study is to describe the social support that families require at the time of a child’s return to successfully re-establish the family positive dynamics, functioning and routines. This research is based on information gathered in Spain from a focus group and in interviews of sixty-three professionals, forty-two parents and thirty children. The method is qualitative, and the ATLAS.ti program is used for content analysis. The qualitative data enable a better understanding of the views of the individuals involved. The results indicate the relevance of the support provided by the protection system and the social services. The results also reveal the insufficiency of the informal support network. These findings suggest implications for social workers when focusing post-reunification support on specific needs linked to parental skills, personal difficulties of the parents and the stability of the family context.
      PubDate: 2016-05-13
  • The Balancing Act: Clients with Complex Needs Describe Their Handling of
           Specialised Personal Social Services in Sweden
    • Authors: Grell P; Ahmadi N, Blom B.
      Abstract: Dealing with specialised social service organisations can be a challenge for clients with complex needs. These organisations may appear confusing and hard to navigate, and there is also a risk of service fragmentation, as such clients often participate simultaneously in an array of interventions. An additional complication to be handled is that these parallel interventions can range from voluntary to more or less involuntary. The aim of the present article is to describe and analyse how clients with complex needs account for their handling of service conditions within specialised personal social services (PSS), using data from a qualitative interview study with PSS clients in Sweden. A conceptual model is presented, covering four ideal typical client approaches to these specialised services: consensus, resignation, fight and escape. One key finding is that the clients combined these approaches in a balancing act intended to promote their own best interests in their parallel contacts with different parts of the specialised PSS organisation. The article concludes that future improvements in social services could be made by paying more attention to the structural arrangements that surround encounters between clients and the social services, as well as clients’ valuable first-hand knowledge of social service organisations.
      PubDate: 2016-05-09
  • Creative Writing after Traumatic Loss: Towards a Generative Writing
    • Authors: Barak A; Leichtentritt RD.
      Abstract: Meaning-reconstruction theory explains bereavement in terms of an ongoing striving to find meaning. The expressive writing paradigm claims that writing, through disclosure, can facilitate meaning-reconstruction. In this article, we explore how writing, and specifically the writing of poetry, facilitates meaning-reconstruction for bereaved parents who are coping with a sudden traumatic loss of a child. Ten Israelis who lost a child in a terror attack or during the child’s military service and subsequently wrote poems about their experience were interviewed. Based on meaning-reconstruction theory, and keeping in mind the expressive writing paradigm, our findings indicate that there are three writing exercises that are particularly helpful in enabling bereaved parents to find meaning in their traumatic loss: writing a dialogue with the deceased; writing an alternative reality; and editing poems and reshaping meanings. Our conclusions suggest that these exercises, which assist bereaved parents in making and finding meaning in their loss, could be used successfully by social workers as an intervention technique. The concept of ‘generative writing’, as we have termed it, supplements the existing views of both the expressive writing paradigm and meaning-reconstruction theory. Generative writing aligns well with the core values of social work and of the strengths perspective.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06
  • Decolonising Disaster Social Work: Environmental Justice and Community
    • Authors: Pyles L.
      Abstract: Human behaviour, particularly the neo-liberal economic system that values unlimited growth and unsustainable extraction of natural resources, is contributing to climate volatility and exacerbating disaster risk. As such, social workers are increasingly called to work in disaster settings across the globe and collaborate with many actors, such as faith-based humanitarian organisations. Unfortunately, disaster interventions may perpetuate the values and practices of neo-liberalism, colonialism and oppression without careful consideration and action. In this article, the author discusses the environmental causes and consequences of disasters in relation to risk and vulnerability, offering a brief case study of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This is followed by a discussion of the importance of community participation for sustainable disaster recovery. The author concludes with some specific recommendations for decolonising disaster social work practice.
      PubDate: 2016-05-03
  • The Pedagogy of Discomfort: Enhancing Reflectivity on Stereotypes and Bias
    • Authors: Nadan Y; Stark M.
      Abstract: This article describes, analyses and conceptualises one pedagogical practice aimed at challenging social work students to reflect on the way they perceive the ‘Other’—taking the online Implicit Association Test (IAT) at home and composing a non-graded reflection paper about the experience. Employing a qualitative paradigm, our analysis of eighty-three reflection papers enabled us to make three primary observations: first, that the experience caused students to leave their emotional comfort zone with regard to the discovery, identification and acknowledgement of their own biases and racist stereotypical conceptions; second, that the resulting experience of emotional discomfort led students to employ means of coping such as rejection of the test’s reliability, attempts to account for the test’s results and attempts to outsmart the test; and, third, that the experience provided students with personal and professional insight regarding the nature of bias and stereotypes and people’s ability to change them. Our discussion proceeds in light of Boler’s (1999) ‘pedagogy of discomfort’ and considers both the importance of enhancing critical reflectivity and the challenges that arise from pedagogical practices that stimulate discomfort.
      PubDate: 2016-05-03
  • Cognitive and Affective Elements of Practice Confidence in Social Work
           Students and Practitioners
    • Authors: Bogo M; Regehr C, Baird S, et al.
      Abstract: Confidence has been identified as both a positive outcome of social work education and as a factor which in excess (defined as overconfidence) can lead to diagnostic error. This study sought to better understand the nature of professional confidence and investigate factors that might be associated with confidence in performance in a clinical interview among social work students and experienced social work practitioners. In this study, thirty-seven final-year Masters of Social Work (MSW) students and thirty-four experienced social workers who participated in two simulated interviews rated their confidence in their performance in the interviews and discussed their subjective views of the interview. Factors associated with confidence fell into three themes: emotional self-regulation; the acquisition and application of knowledge; and relational skills which are the intersection of knowledge and emotional regulation. Emotional regulation appears as a primary factor that differentiates high and low confidence as it affects participants’ perceived ability to continue to draw upon knowledge and integrate client reactions into their assessment. Social work education that focuses on self-awareness and the regulation of emotional responses may contribute to increased abilities to manage high-anxiety clinical experiences.
      PubDate: 2016-05-01
  • Young People’s Understandings of Men’s Violence against Women,
           Nancy Lombard
    • Authors: Callaghan JM.
      Abstract: Young People’s Understandings of Men’s Violence against Women,LombardNancy, Farnham, Surrey, Ashgate, 2015, pp. 228, ISBN 978–1–4724–1991–0, £54.00 (h/b)
      PubDate: 2016-04-27
  • Islamic Social Work in the UK: The Service User Experience
    • Authors: Warden R; Scourfield J, Huxley P.
      Abstract: There has been growing interest in religion and spirituality within social work literature. However, little empirical research has explored Islamic welfare organisations and especially their significance for service users. This article presents findings from an evaluation of a British Islamic social work organisation (Ihsaan Social Support Association (ISSA) Wales), drawing on qualitative interviews with Muslim service users (n = 8) and quantitative findings from the service user database (n = 495), a quality-of-life assessment (n = 42) and a satisfaction survey (n = 36). In discussing the qualitative findings, religious authority, authenticity, culture, gender and the role of mosques are considered in analysing why the organisation’s services were perceived as beneficial to their Muslim service users. Over three-quarters of those responding to a satisfaction survey reported that the help from the organisation had improved their well-being, but quantitative data from assessment and review showed no evidence of either improvement or deterioration in quality of life over time, with the exception of social life, where there was a significant improvement. Overall, in exploring the experiences of these service users, the findings highlight the diversity within the category of the ‘Muslim service user’ and the potential contribution that Islamic social welfare organisations may make in meeting the needs of British Muslims.
      PubDate: 2016-04-14
  • ‘London calling’: The Experiences of International Social Work
           Recruits Working in London
    • Authors: Hanna S; Lyons K.
      Abstract: This recruitment of international social workers (ISWs) in England has been primarily aimed at ‘plugging the gaps’ in the child protection services. This paper reports on one aspect of a qualitative research project investigating the post-arrival integration, professional practice and development of ‘international social workers’, namely those trained and qualified outside of the UK working in London and the Home Counties. Findings demonstrate that, as well as being a challenging professional and work experience, this form of labour mobility is a profound life event for most ISWs and, as with human migration in other fields and countries, entails a complex social, emotional and cultural transition.
      PubDate: 2016-04-08
  • Therapeutic Intervention in a Continuous Shared Traumatic Reality: An
           Example from the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict
    • Authors: Lavi T; Nuttman-Shwartz O, Dekel R.
      Abstract: Growing political instability around the world has exposed an increasing number of communities to military conflict. Social workers and other mental health professionals who work as trauma workers, and who both live and practise within these communities, are doubly exposed: directly and indirectly, personally and professionally. The present study examined the consequences on trauma workers and on the therapeutic process itself of working in a continuous Shared Traumatic Reality. The study was based on content analysis of three focus groups conducted among thirty trauma workers, between the ages of thirty and sixty, who were trained in a variety of therapeutic professions, mainly social work. Findings suggest that a high level of exposure to life threats and emotional distress can coexist with high levels of professional functioning and resilience. Results further point to complex implications associated with therapeutic relationships and settings that include: diminution of the transitional space, strengthened sense of identification between workers and clients, and acceleration of the therapeutic process. The discussion reviews the variables that facilitate and impede the professionals' functioning and highlights the unique effects of continuous exposure.
      PubDate: 2015-12-17
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