Journal of Human Rights and Social Work

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List of Papers (Total 39)

Developmental Social Work: a Promising Practice to Address Child Marriage in Zimbabwe

The paper advances the role of social work in addressing child marriage in Zimbabwe. It notes that despite child marriage being one of the major social problems in Zimbabwe, and a child rights concern, there is limited social work professional action and interventions to address this challenge, particularly in the government Department of Social Welfare, where there are no ...

Reflecting on the Human Rights of Older Persons in South Africa

This paper reflects on the human rights of older persons in South Africa and considers the manner in which they are violated, despite the country having a progressive Constitution that enshrines such rights. It interrogates this paradox while taking into account South Africa’s rights-based approach to service provision. In regard to older persons, South Africa’s social welfare ...

Beyond Legalism in Turbulent Times: Re-grounding UK Social Work in a Richer International Human Rights Perspective

Human rights have always been intrinsically woven into social work, but in the UK, often in a way that is either vague or wholly legalistic. In this article, we make a case for embedding a broader and richer concept of human rights in UK social work practice and education. We contrast the international social work perspective on human rights with that of UK professional codes and ...

Ethical Issues in Long-term Care: A Human Rights Perspective

Nursing home residents do not relinquish human rights just because they need care. In nursing homes in the USA, federal law guarantees certain rights to residents. This article provides a broader context for understanding the federal resident rights in the USA by examining them within the context of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the National ...

Aging and Human Rights: a Rights-Based Approach to Social Work with Older Adults

The world is aging, and this demographic shift necessitates social workers with gerontological knowledge and expertise. The physiological, social and economic changes that commonly impact older adults and frequently contribute to dependency make them vulnerable to having their human rights violated. By focusing on needs rather than rights, the human dignity, security, and autonomy ...

Regulating Commercial Global Surrogacy: The Best Interests of the Child

Concurrent with the decline in intercountry adoption, there has been an increase in commercial global surrogacy over the past decade, but no international law yet exists to reconcile conflicting national laws and protect the interests of infant/child, surrogate mother, and commissioning parent(s). Previous discussion has focused on the vulnerability of the surrogate mothers and ...

Sexual Violence and Substantive Equality: Can Restorative Justice Deliver?

The effects of sexual crimes upon victims and the wider community are pervasive and far-reaching, yet conventional attempts to address offending and seek justice for victims have not succeeded; rather, they have left victims without a sense of justice and often magnified the adverse impacts of the initial victimization. The applicability and appropriateness of restorative justice ...

Corruption in Uganda: Does this Have Anything to Do with Social Work?

This paper explores and discusses corruption in Uganda and explores the role of social work in addressing corruption. It notes that corruption is a form of social injustice and a major human rights violation. It deprives many citizens access to various essential services. The paper further notes that there is little or no social work interventions addressing corruption in the ...

Beneficiary Selection and Allowance Utilization of Social Safety Net Programme in Bangladesh

This study attempts to analyze the beneficiary selection and allowance utilization of social safety net (SSN) programmes in Bangladesh through using field level primary data. It finds that SSN transfers are not always distributed among the poor and vulnerable people who deserve to receive the allocation for fighting against poverty and vulnerability. We find that more than half of ...

The Human Right to Social Security and Its Impact on Socio-Political Action in Germany and Finland

Social human rights have rarely been given attention in social work research or comparative studies on welfare states. The paper aims at filling the gap by analysing the conception of human beings inherent in human rights and in unemployment policy documents in Germany and Finland. Its focus lies on the right to social security, a central norm of the International Covenant on ...

The Care of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Islam: Exploring Kafala with Muslim Social Work Practice with Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in the United States

With the unprecedented rise of unaccompanied refugee minors departing Middle Eastern and African countries, and especially Syria, for settlement in the USA and elsewhere in the Western world, authors consider the Islamic requirement of kafala or guardianship of unparented children, a topic little known or discussed in the social work literature. The concept of kafala is explored ...

Empowering Social Workers to Transform the Dominant Narrative: Advocating for Human Rights over Corporate Profit

Social workers can play an essential role in creating global systemic changes that lead to respect for human rights. For this to take place, social workers need to question and critique current policies and propose alternatives. This is a longitudinal case study (2001–2015) of the campaign to eradicate child labor and human rights infractions from the cocoa industry in the West ...

Stunting in India: An Empirical Approach to Human Rights-Based Solutions

This study was undertaken to understand the relationship between poor sanitation and hygiene, clean drinking water, toilet use, mother’s education, and religious practices and stunting. A human rights theoretical framework was utilized for this study. The purpose of this paper is to examine the causal linkages between childhood stunting and determinants such as religion and ...

The Right to Quality Education for Refugee Children Through Social Inclusion

The number of refugees worldwide has increased exponentially in recent years, and children represent more than half of the refugee population. The needs of refugee children are complex. Many have traumatic experiences and disrupted education, and are then tasked with adapting to a new culture. The literature emphasizes the importance of education in determining the future of young ...

Politically Motivated Violence (PMV) in Zimbabwe and the Role of Social Work

In this paper I discuss politically motivated violence (PMV) and the role of social work in addressing this social and political challenge. PMV is a gross human rights violation that receives limited attention in social work literature not only in Zimbabwe, the focus of this study, but worldwide. Since independence, Zimbabwe has experienced many cases of PMV, most of which can be ...

Analysis of US Compassionate and Geriatric Release Laws: Applying a Human Rights Framework to Global Prison Health

The purpose of this paper was to analyze the compassionate and geriatric release laws in the USA and the role of advanced age and/or illness. In order to identify existing state and federal laws, a search of the LexisNexis legal database was conducted. Keyword search terms were used: compassionate release, medical parole, geriatric prison release, elderly (or seriously ill), and ...

The Ambivalence of Current Refugee Law Between Solidarity with “Friends” and Solidarity with “Human Beings”

The history of refugee law, since its beginning in the year 1905 to current times, is characterized by a fundamental ambivalence. On the one hand it is determined by the desire to help people who are persecuted because they stand up for ideals we share with them, or to which we can at least be sympathetic. On the other hand it is also determined by the moral obligation to protect ...

Anti-immigration Policies and Fear of Deportation: A Human Rights Issue

This paper examines how recent immigration policies and immigration enforcement strategies have impacted Latino immigrants in Arizona. Data were drawn from a sample of adult Latino immigrants (n = 213) living in Arizona. Analyses examined the relationship between fear of deportation and the impact of immigration policies on various aspects of daily life of Latino immigrants as a ...

Advancing Human Rights and Social and Economic Justice: Developing Competence in Field Education

Social workers advance human rights and social and economic justice through their practice and policy work. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) mandates that social work students develop knowledge, values, and skills in this area, as one of the core competencies of their professional training. This qualitative study analyzed learning contracts of four cohorts of BSW seniors ...

Prison Rape Reform: Perspectives from Women with Life Sentences on the Impact of a Class Action Lawsuit

Sexual abuse by correctional staff against prisoners violates multiple international human rights standards yet, despite federal policy efforts, remains a concern in the USA. Prisoners who are victims of custodial sexual abuse have used legal remedies, such as class action lawsuits, to acknowledge their individual experiences of victimization and to gain effective remedies, as ...