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Developing inclusive, diverse and collaborative social work education and practice in Australia

journal contribution
posted on 2023-02-09, 03:29 authored by Rojan Afrouz
The Australian social work accrediting body has set diversity as an agenda for education and practice. Universities and the social work field have also attempted to adhere to principles of diversity. However, despite progressive approaches and improvement, diversity has been challenged by the whiteness of Australian social work and the neoliberal agenda across both workplaces and universities. The dominant narrative of Australian social work still reflects Western values, power and privileges. This article argues that embracing diversity in social work education needs the ongoing adoption of critical pedagogy, including critical theories, and maintaining inclusiveness for diverse students. Social work practice settings also need progressive approaches to include diverse groups of marginalised people, a commitment to diversity and support for social workers to develop cultural competency and humility. Transnational relationships within different countries and nations can help social work move from ethnocentrism to multiculturalism.

History

Journal

CRITICAL AND RADICAL SOCIAL WORK

Volume

10

Pagination

280-296

ISSN

2049-8608

eISSN

2049-8675

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

POLICY PRESS