Social work and social policy practice: Imperatives for political engagement

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This article discusses why and how social workers need to engage in social policy practice and how such engagement necessitates political action. The local conditions relating to health, education, housing, employment, gender equality and socioeconomic infrastructure in majority of communities in the Asia Pacific region are largely neglected by professional social workers. To make a difference in those communities and to do justice to their own professional values and principles, social workers need to engage in policy practice in several ways. They may also need to re-examine the profession’s non-political and non-religious neutral stand. It argues that to facilitate their necessary political engagement, social workers need to understand and work with local politics and power structures. Such a stand calls for new thinking and altering some aspects of the nature of social work education and practice in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)15-27
Number of pages13
JournalThe International Journal of Community and Social Development
Issue number1
Early online date01 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 04 Mar 2019


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