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FROM ETHICAL CHALLENGES ON THE SOCIAL WORK FRONTLINE TO JOINT ACTION FOR A NEW ECO-SOCIAL WORLD

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Rory Truell ,

Rory Truell is the Secretary-General of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW). He is also a visiting Professor at School of Social Work, HAN University in the Netherlands and Honorary Professor at Essex University, UK, GB
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Sarah Banks

Sarah Banks is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Co-director of the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University, UK., GB
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Abstract

This article traces the social work journey through the experience of the global COVID-19 crisis as it impacts on the profession’s underpinning values. It discusses the route from the initial challenges experienced by social workers worldwide, to the global profession advocating for a shift from  individualistic social protection systems to platforms that prevent social crises. In the context of learning from the pandemic, the Global Agenda for Social Work theme ‘Ubuntu: I am because we are’ has brought enquiry and clarity into the re-examination of social work values and principles. This has led to the global profession working with others to call for the unlocking of the silos separating health and social protection systems and heightened engagement with communities, the United Nations and political leaders. The article concludes with a proposition that the social work profession should support an inclusive global conversation on the values needed to shape a new eco-social world where no one is left behind.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.54431/jsi.699
How to Cite: Truell, R. and Banks, S., 2021. FROM ETHICAL CHALLENGES ON THE SOCIAL WORK FRONTLINE TO JOINT ACTION FOR A NEW ECO-SOCIAL WORLD. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice, 30(5), pp.8–26. DOI: http://doi.org/10.54431/jsi.699
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Published on 09 Nov 2021.
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