Disrupting Human Rights: A Social Work Response to the Lockdown of Social Housing Residents

Robinson, Kim, Briskman, L and Mayar, R 2021, Disrupting Human Rights: A Social Work Response to the Lockdown of Social Housing Residents, British Journal of Social Work, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 1700-1719, doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcab115.

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Title Disrupting Human Rights: A Social Work Response to the Lockdown of Social Housing Residents
Author(s) Robinson, KimORCID iD for Robinson, Kim orcid.org/0000-0002-0366-3868
Briskman, L
Mayar, R
Journal name British Journal of Social Work
Volume number 51
Issue number 5
Start page 1700
End page 1719
Total pages 20
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2021-07
ISSN 0045-3102
1468-263X
Keyword(s) critical social work
community development
culturally and linguistically diverse communities
human rights
social housing
Summary Abstract The article probes the disproportionate impact on marginalised populations to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (COVID-19 is an acronym that stands for coronavirus disease of 2019).. It explores this problematic through research with refugees residing in social housing in Melbourne, Australia. The focus is on the specific pressures facing this cohort with the 2020 deployment, without notice, of armed police to enforce lockdown in the central Melbourne housing high rise tower estates. Our research methodology comprises narrating experiences of a community leader who had direct contact with residents and is a co-author of this article; accounts arising from an African community forum and a review of media sources that are attentive to voice. From a thematic analysis, we found consistency of narrative for a cohort whose voices had previously been excluded from the public domain. The themes were in three key areas: representation and employment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse social workers and community workers; restoration of human rights to those experiencing state-sanctioned violence; and the application of critical multicultural social work practice. We apply theorising derived from Helen Taylor and Jacques Derrida, and argue that responses to crises should be led by the wisdom of affected communities, in keeping with critical social work theories and practices.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcab115
Field of Research 1607 Social Work
1608 Sociology
1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30154281

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