year 57, No.3
INTRODUCTION TO THEMATIC ISSUE
Jana MaliThe School for Social Work Theory and Practice - a contribution to a forum of international social work - Pg. 167 - 169
Eileen OakWestern representations of childhood and the quest for a spiritual social work practice - Pg. 171 - 187Keywords: spirituality, child protection, sociology of childhood, secular humanism, Convention on the Rights of the Child, social policy.
The article examines the social constructions of childhood in the West over the past century, to illustrate how they stem from adult-centric perspectives and how they continue to shape policy initiatives about children’s rights and welfare. Such perspectives are underpinned by discourses which pre-date the Enlightenment era and continue to have implications for generating child-centred, welfare policies and practice. It will explore these discourses in the context of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCORC), and various social policies to address child abuse. This is to contend that, without a new sociology of childhood approach underpinning these policies, they will continue to fail to address children’s welfare and protection needs, and be implicated in their continued marginalisation. In making this assertion, it argues for a more holistic model of childhood, characterised by the new sociology of childhood combined with a form of secular humanism. Such a synthesis of ideas can offer a more empowering child protection praxis, one which promotes children’s agency and »childhood« as an autonomous stage in the life-cycle.
Simon Colnar, Vlado Dimovski, Barbara GrahIntegrated social work management model in the Republic of Slovenia - Pg. 189 - 207Keywords: managerial skills, public administration, social security, humanitarian organisations, deinstitutionalisation, social services.
The social work of today is dealing with partially unsuitable knowledge, which has been produced in a different epoch of the welfare state and as a consequence, social work is still dominated by various twentieth century theories that are primarily focused on direct practice expertise. Nowadays social work globally has changed and in order to achieve desirable outcomes, social workers also need to understand and learn about complementary skills that extend their extensive knowledge about direct practice. Already back in 2004, management was recognised as one of the 13 core purposes of the social work profession, however, there are still concerns about social workers’ lack of knowledge and skills in management practice. Authors believe that management can help in the progress of the field. Based on a thorough literature review and analysis of existing secondary data, authors propose a systematic approach towards an improved social work management model that integrates the field of social work with related areas (namely humanitarian organisations, the deinstitutionalisation process, calls for higher process and budget efficiency, appropriate management skills and organisational design). These five pillars of the integrated social work management model, therefore, advance the frontiers of social work science. The authors also discuss the contribution of the model to the social work management theory and its practical usefulness.
Jana MaliA case for a narrative approach to research into social work perspectives on dementia - Pg. 209 - 224Keywords: narrativity, old age, informal care, long-term care, Slovenia.
Social work with people with dementia is an important complement to the knowledge of the treatment of people with dementia developed by other sciences, especially medicine, psychology and sociology. For more effective and adequate help for people with dementia we need more research in social work with people with dementia. In this paper we present concrete use of a narrative approach in Slovenia for a better visibility and understanding of the living world of people with dementia. The narrativity is demonstrated in several meanings: as an example of taking action from the perspective of relatives, enabling people with dementia and their relatives to let go of their marginalised roles, and as a potential method of social work with relatives of people with dementia. The stories are analysed by the use of a qualitative method and the results present the knowledge relatives have about understanding dementia and the changes dementia reflects in interpersonal relations, changes in everyday routine and formation of additional help. Verbalising experiences of people with dementia enables relatives to recognise ways to take action, which empower them in the helping process.
Faye Pouesi, Ksenija NapanWeaving the strands of spirituality in recovery from violence - Pg. 225 - 234Keywords: domestic violence, counselling, community, women, New Zealand, Māori.
The purpose of this paper is to share the “Community of care” approach applied within the Westside Counselling Service; a service that evolved from an affiliation with the researcher and the Massey Community Church in West Auckland in the period from 2000 to 2013. A case study approach was employed to ascertain how effective this model was for working with Māori women whose lives had been impacted by severe domestic violence. For most of these women, violence and abuse spanned throughout their childhood, adolescence, and adult lives, flowing down into the lives of their children. The “Community of care” approach was developed to address health holistically, and equip women, whose lives were immersed in domestic violence, to fully recover physically, mentally and spiritually. It offers a holistic, encompassing approach that provides ongoing support, awareness and the skills needed to integrate back into the wider community. This article focusses on the spiritual aspect of the programme, namely the exploration of the relational side of spirituality, the space in-between where social work, health care, counselling and community development meet.