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Voices from the front line: social work with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and the UK

Robinson, Kim 2014, Voices from the front line: social work with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and the UK, The British journal of social work, vol. 44, no. 6, pp. 1602-1620, doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bct040.

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Title Voices from the front line: social work with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and the UK
Author(s) Robinson, Kim
Journal name The British journal of social work
Volume number 44
Issue number 6
Start page 1602
End page 1620
Total pages 18
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1468-263X
Keyword(s) Refugees and asylum seekers
social work
non-government and voluntary sector organisations
supervision
narrative qualitative research
Summary Front line social work in non-government organisations (NGOs) providing services for refugees and asylum seekers is demanding and challenging. Increasing numbers of social workers work with newly arrived communities; however, there are few studies that examine the demands and issues they face. Asylum seekers and refugees face restricted access and limited entitlement to health and social care. This article draws on evidence from a qualitative study conducted in 2006–11 that analysed the narratives of thirty front line workers to identify the challenges faced in delivering effective services and support. It was found that immigration policy in Australia and the UK placed pressure on social workers working with those who are subject to tight state controls and who experience poverty and destitution. In most NGOs in the UK, there is no supervision or structural support for front line social workers, whereas Australian NGOs are informed by a culture of supervision. This article highlights the demands social workers face in their work and recommends improved conditions in NGOs, and targeted social work education, training and research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bct040
Field of Research 1607 Social Work
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, The Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082872

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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