Social Challenges and Policy Innovations by Social Workers in Australia

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By summarizing the social challenges in the contemporary Australian context, this article aims to discuss policy innovations by Australian social workers. Acknowledging that the concept of policy innovation is broad and sometimes ambiguous, it looks at four examples by social workers. Drawing on secondary data analysis, it discusses how social workers played an important role in introducing legislative changes/amendments to protect children in difficult circumstances, resisted a refugee policy that incarcerates innocent children, challenged and changed procedures and policies within an organization, and influenced policymakers to revert budgetary decisions to enhance access to services. These examples show the social workersâ'' commitment, passion, and vision and their experiences with policy innovation. Given the nature and extent of social challenges, this paper raises questions about the limited policy innovation by social workers. The analysis has significant implications for social workersâ'' obligation to contribute to policy innovation in their chosen area of practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Innovation and Engagement
Subtitle of host publicationsocial challenges, policy practice, and professional training of social workers
Place of PublicationSt. Louis
PublisherCentre for Social Development, Washington University, St. Louis
Pages1-14
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventSocial Innovation and Engagement: social challenges, policy practice, and professional training of social workers - St Louis, New Zealand
Duration: 06 Apr 201408 Apr 2014

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ConferenceSocial Innovation and Engagement: social challenges, policy practice, and professional training of social workers
CountryNew Zealand
Period06/04/1408/04/14

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Pawar, M. (2014). Social Challenges and Policy Innovations by Social Workers in Australia. In Social Innovation and Engagement: social challenges, policy practice, and professional training of social workers (pp. 1-14). St. Louis: Centre for Social Development, Washington University, St. Louis.
Pawar, Manohar. / Social Challenges and Policy Innovations by Social Workers in Australia. Social Innovation and Engagement: social challenges, policy practice, and professional training of social workers. St. Louis : Centre for Social Development, Washington University, St. Louis, 2014. pp. 1-14
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Pawar M. Social Challenges and Policy Innovations by Social Workers in Australia. In Social Innovation and Engagement: social challenges, policy practice, and professional training of social workers. St. Louis: Centre for Social Development, Washington University, St. Louis. 2014. p. 1-14