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Social Work & Social Sciences Review
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Social Work and Social Sciences Review sets out to reinforce and expand the links between international social work practice and the various social science disciplines which inform it. The Editors welcome articles and proposals from any area in the social sciences,particularly with relevance to the development of social work knowledge. For example, social policy and its relationship with, and impact upon, social work has never been more important. In many countries, particularly in the Western world, recent years have seen a plethora of social policy initiatives introduced, each designed to improve the lives of social work service users at different stages in the life course. In the UK for instance, policy areas include: The New Social Justice Strategy, for example, Troubled Families, Valuing People and Youth Transitions. However the impact of welfare reform, the austerity crisis and the current disassembling of the welfare state have, many critics claim, sharpened social inequalities and reduced social mobility.
The Review welcomes in particular articles which draw upon an interdisciplinary field which includes other cognate disciplines; and where there is overlap in explaining social problems, in terms of both empirical foci and methods of analysis. The boundaries between social work and other social science disciplines – for example, health studies, sociology,psychology, economics and public sector management – are porous and shifting;and there are clear historical links between social policy and social work. The bureaucratisation of social work and health care, coupled with extensive partnership arrangements with the private, voluntary and 3rd sectors, has characterised a recent transformation of organisational culture and introduced a range of different professionals and others involved in the delivery of care to any one individual or family. The consequences of recent social policy developments, in particular the cuts in welfare spending, will impact upon the economic and social well-being of vulnerable people, while at the same time constraining the options and resources available to social workers.'
Partnership with the Making Research Count (MRC) Network
Social Work & Social Sciences Review and the MRC Network have established a partnership to promote MRC's work.
The MRC network comprises the social work or care departments of 10 Universities. These departments work in partnership with some 60 local agencies including local authority children’s and adults’ services, NHS bodies, and independent sector organisations. Through conferences, seminars and workshops, MRC promotes better communication between those examining social care in the English context and those engaged in it.
The latest issue of the Review 'Professionalism, De-professionalisation and austerity' is the first fruit of this relationship.
Call for papers for Special Issue: In the half shadows': Research with hard to reach populations
We seek contributions which report research with groups in society whose experiences may be semi-visible or semi-acknowledged within normative discourses. Such groups (often described as ‘hard to reach populations’.) pose challenges of researcher access, and have minimal research visibility As a consequence of societal un-acknowledgement or marginalisation, their experience remains in the ‘half shadows’, – being known to exist but not being known about.
This issue will be edited from Ireland by Dr Gloria Kirwan, Trinity College Dublin (KIRWANGM@tcd.ie).
The full call for papers is available below.
Articles should be submitted using our online submission system, PKP.
Click on this link to start the submission process. Look for the author button on the right hand side of the page. You will have to register as a PKP user before making your submission.
To discuss any content issues before submitting a paper, please contact the Editor: Nigel Malin firstname.lastname@example.org.
For help with any 'technical' issues concerning the submission process contact email@example.com.
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