Social Work, Immigration and Asylum
240 pages, 6 x 9
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Release Date:19 Jan 2004
ISBN:9781843101949
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Social Work, Immigration and Asylum

Debates, Dilemmas and Ethical Issues for Social Work and Social Care Practice

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
The practical and ethical challenges facing human service professionals working with refugees, asylum seekers and other people subject to immigration controls are discussed in this much-needed book. The contributors explore the tensions that exist between traditional anti-oppressive values and the role professionals increasingly play as 'gate keepers' to services.Drawing from the experience of practitioners working in child protection and family support, disability, the criminal justice system, asylum teams and immigration tribunals, Social Work, Immigration and Asylum will prepare professionals working in these and related fields to deal with the complex situations of people subject to immigration control and to develop interventions appropriate to their differing needs.
'This book is an important resource for those wishing to raise the profile of this area of practice in the social work curriculum.'- European Journal of Social Work'Essential reading for social workers and social care practitioners currently working in the immigration field. This timely book encompasses so many issues and theories in just one publication and I certainly recognise the dilemmas and experiences discussed. It will definitely be on the reading list for our students. Buy the book!'- Child and Family Social Work'This book is a collection of articles that discuss a timely, significant, under-reached and highly debatable topic in the UK. The distinctiveness of this book lies in its accessibility and practicality since many contributors are current practitioners reflecting on real-life challenges. A timely and stimulating book reflecting real life issues that needs to be debated and appreciated. The main attraction of this book is that it links theory with practice and many authors reflect real life experiences. I personally enjoyed reading it and would recommend it not only to practitioners supporting asylum seekers but also as a general read.'- Journal of Interprofessional Care'The authors challenge practitioners to consider their professional ethics and value base when faced with the very real day-to-day pressures to comply with oppressive policies instituted by government.'- Children Now'This publication is both welcome and timely as yet another Asylum and Immigration Bill makes its passage through Parliament. The book has been written specifically for social workers and acknowledges that there is a dearth of literature available in this area to provide practitioners with practical and ethical guidance. One of the book's strengths is that is not afraid to tell it how it is, providing the reader with poignant accounts of the malaise that has crept into social work practice as ethical considerations are swept aside by investigation, rationing, gatekeeping and surveillance. Nevertheless, all is not lost: the writers expound on models of good improved practice and exhort us to reconnect with our campaigning role and engage in much-needed debates about non-compliance. I cannot recommend it highly enough.'- Professional Social Work
Debra Hayes is a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Community Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has worked with the Greater Manchester Probation Service. Since her time at Manchester Metropolitan University her research and writing has focused on immigration and asylum issues. Beth Humphries is a reader in Social Work at Lancaster University. She has been involved in research on immigration controls for a number of years, and is currently studying the experiences of refugees and employment.
1. History and Context: The impact of immigration control on welfare. Debra Hayes, Manchester Metropolitan University. 2. The Construction and Reconstruction of Social Work. Beth Humphries, Lancaster University. 3. Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Welfare and Social Work. Beth Humphries. 4. Dilemmas of Care and Control: The work of an asylum team in a London borough. Rosemary Sales, Middlesex University and Rachel Hek. 5. Immigration is a Social Work Issue. John Collet, Rochdale Asylum Seekers Team. 6. Social Work Intervention: The deconstruction of individuals as a means of gaining a legislative perspective to remain in the United Kingdom. Chris Brown, Social Worker. 7. And now it has started to rain: Support and Advocacy with Adult Asylum Seekers in the Voluntary Sector. Peter Fell, Revive Project, Salford. 8. Social work responses to accompanied asylum-seeking children. Peter Grady, Manchester Metropolitan University. 9. `Not Our Problem': The provision of services to disabled refugees and asylum seekers. Jennifer Harris and Keri Roberts, University of York. 10. Asylum seekers as Offenders and Victims in the Criminal Justice System. Angela Montgomery, Humberside Probation Service. 11. A Comparative Analysis of European Resettlement Programmes for Young Separated Refugees. Michael Wells, Social Worker and Susanna Hoikkala, University of Helsinki. 12. Asylum-Seeker and migrant children in Ireland: Racism, institutional neglect and social work. Bryan Fanning, University College Dublin. 13. Conclusion. Debra Hayes and Beth Humphries.
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