Mapp, S., McPherson, J., Androff, D., Gatenio Gabe,l S. (2019). Social work Is a human rights profession. Social Work. 64(3), 259-269. doi: 10.1093/sw/swz023. PMID: 31190070.
As defined by the International Federation of Social Workers, social work is a human rights profession (Mapp, McPherson, Androff, Gatenio Gabe, 2019). This is explicitly stated in the professional codes of ethics in many nations. However, the most recent version of the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers continues to exclude any mention of human rights, fitting in with the history of U.S. exceptionalism on this subject (Mapp, McPherson, Androff, Gatenio Gabe, 2019). Social workers around the world have a long history of working for the achievement of human rights, including an explicit grounding of practice in human rights principles: human dignity, non-discrimination, participation, transparency, and accountability (Mapp, McPherson, Androff, Gatenio Gabe, 2019).
Parker, J. & Doel, M. (2017). Professional social work. Chapter 2: Being a Social Work Professional. Sage Publications.
Chapter 2 reviews sociological debates about professions and professionalisation, in general and in social work, so that you can understand how these issues affect you in your practice (Parker & Doel, 2017). It moves on to look more widely at the requirements of UK regulators and social work professional groups that help you to use your professionalism to help service users more effectively and combat the downsides of having professional status (Parker & Doel, 2017).
Ruth, B. J., & Marshall, J. W. (2017). A history of social work in public health. American Journal of Public Health, 107, S236–S242. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2017.304005
This article builds on primary and contemporary sources to trace the historic arc of social work in public health, providing examples of successful collaborations (Ruth & Marshall, 2017). The scope and practices of public health social work practice are explored, and we articulate a rationale for an expanded place for social work in the public health enterprise (Ruth & Marshall, 2017).
Sloane, H. M., David, K., Davies, J., Stamper, D., & Woodward, S. (2018). Cultural history analysis and professional humility: Historical context and social work practice. Social Work Education, 37(8), 1015–1027. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2018.1490710
This article explores the importance of history context to the cultural humility of the social work profession (Sloane, David, Davies, Stamper, & Woodward, 2018). Four graduate student reflections on history context using simplified cultural history methods are used to illustrate how important it is to take a critical approach to social work policy and macro practice history (Sloane, David, Davies, Stamper, & Woodward, 2018). An important element of cultural humility is becoming conscious of social work blind spots on an interpersonal and professional level (Sloane, David, Davies, Stamper, & Woodward, 2018). Social workers have been involved in institutional practices in the past that are now considered insensitive to cultural differences (Sloane, David, Davies, Stamper, & Woodward, 2018).
NASW Foundation. (n.d.). NASW pioneers biography index. Retrieved from https://www.naswfoundation.org/Our-Work/NASW-Social-Work-Pioneers/NASW-Social-Workers-Pioneers-Bio-Index
The National Association of Social Workers Foundation is pleased to present the NASW Social Work Pioneers® (NASW, n.d). NASW Pioneers are social workers who have explored new territories and built outposts for human services on many frontiers (NASW, n.d). Some are well known, while others are less famous outside their immediate colleagues, and the region where they live and work(NASW, n.d). But each one has made an important contribution to the social work profession, and to social policies through service, teaching, writing, research, program development, administration, or legislation (NASW, n.d). The NASW Pioneers have paved the way for thousands of other social workers to contribute to the betterment of the human condition; and they are role models for future generations of social workers (NASW, n.d)
Leighninger, L. (2012). The history of social work and social welfare. In C. N. Dulmus & K. M. Sowers (Eds.), The profession of social work: Guided by history, led by evidence. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.
Read Chapter 1. This chapter provides information on the history of social work and social welfare.