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Supervision found wanting: experiences of health and social workers in non-government organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers

Robinson, Kim 2013, Supervision found wanting: experiences of health and social workers in non-government organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers, Practice: Social work in action, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 87-103, doi: 10.1080/09503153.2013.775238.

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Title Supervision found wanting: experiences of health and social workers in non-government organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers
Author(s) Robinson, Kim
Journal name Practice: Social work in action
Volume number 25
Issue number 2
Start page 87
End page 103
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2013-04
ISSN 0950-3153
1742-4909
Summary This paper explores the role and function of supervision, a neglected topic in research on social work with refugees and asylum seekers. Using semi- structured interviews with health and social workers, supervision arrangements in non-government organisations (NGOs) in Australia and the UK are examined in the context of entitlement reductions and restricted access to services and support for service users. The comparative research highlights the demanding and ethically challenging nature of the work, and the impact on health and social workers of exposure to the narratives of refugees and asylum seekers subject to human rights abuses. Overall, there was found to be an inconsistent approach to supervision across the NGOs in the study, which failed to ade- quately address the demanding nature of the work. Where supervision was not provided, it placed the well-being of health and social workers at risk and reduced the effectiveness of their interventions. In conclusion, the paper develops an agenda for improving the support of health and social workers working with refugees and asylum seekers in NGOs in Australia and the UK.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09503153.2013.775238
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, British Association of Social Workers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082874

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