Divergent practices in statutory and voluntary sector settings? Social work with asylum seekers

Robinson, Kim and Masocha, Shepard 2017, Divergent practices in statutory and voluntary sector settings? Social work with asylum seekers, British journal of social work, vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 1517-1533, doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcw105.

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Title Divergent practices in statutory and voluntary sector settings? Social work with asylum seekers
Author(s) Robinson, KimORCID iD for Robinson, Kim orcid.org/0000-0002-0366-3868
Masocha, Shepard
Journal name British journal of social work
Volume number 47
Issue number 5
Start page 1517
End page 1533
Total pages 17
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2017-07-01
ISSN 0045-3102
Keyword(s) social work
asylum seekers
voluntary sector
statutory sector
human rights
Summary The landscape for social work is continually changing and working with asylum seekers remains a highly charged and contested area of practice. This paper compares the role of social workers working with asylum seekers in statutory and voluntary sector settings in the UK. Institutional practices suggest a divide between statutory settings and charitable organisations. However, based on empirical qualitative researchand in-depth interviews with thirty-four social workers in Scotland and thesouth-east of England that explored dominant discourses influencing their practice, we suggest considerable similarities in the different sectors. Austerity measures for local authorities (LA) and voluntary agencies have resulted in the closure of specialist teams and reduced funding for social workers. Findings highlight politicised dominantnarratives when working with asylum seekers and we argue for alternatives that promote a more nuanced perspective of entitlement and human rights.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcw105
Field of Research 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
1607 Social Work
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
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