Journal of Human Rights and Social Work

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List of Papers (Total 50)

Practicing Human Rights in Social Work: Reflections and Rights-Based Approaches

In this article, I share my experiences from over 15 years as a social work practitioner, researcher, educator, and academic. Drawing upon these experiences, I reflect on the state of human rights in social work and present a model for practicing human rights in social work. This article was adapted from the inaugural lecture of the Human Rights Speaker Series at West Chester...

Exceptional and Necessary: Practicing Rights-Based Social Work in the USA

This paper argues that it is critical for social workers to become familiar with the larger set of human rights—including social and economic rights—and put them into practice because respecting and validating these rights has the potential to transform our clients, our societies, and our social work profession. Beyond arguing the importance of human rights, this paper will...

The Integration of Human Rights in US Social Work Education: Insights from a Qualitative Study

While social justice is an explicit value of social work, the concept of human rights has garnered more attention in social work education in the USA in recent years. This article focuses on findings from qualitative research on US-based social work educators’ efforts to incorporate human rights perspectives into undergraduate and graduate courses. The research indicates that the...

Corruption in Zimbabwe: Implications for Social Work Practice

Despite corruption being a major concern in Zimbabwe and many other Global South countries and being a chief contributor to poverty, it continues to receive minimal attention from the social work literature. This is not surprising considering that the social work profession in Zimbabwe, like many other countries, is predominantly focused on enhancing psychosocial functions of...

Separate and Unequal: an Exploratory Study Examining College Students’ Experiences of Secondary Education and Perceptions of School Integration

Over 60 years ago, Brown v. Board of Education found educational segregation to be unconstitutional due to the gross inequity in educational opportunities. Sadly, Black and Latino children in the USA are more racially and socioeconomically segregated than during any period since data collection began. Despite multiple policy attempts aimed at education equity, this remains one of...

The Function of Specialized Vocabulary Development in Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Traumatized Populations

This paper presents a model for the function of specialized vocabulary schemes in the development, implementation, and dissemination of trauma rehabilitation initiatives. With 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, of whom 21.3 million are recognized refugees (UNHCR 2016), understanding trauma rehabilitation is timely. This paper takes an interest in the effects of...

The Israeli Selective Myopia and the Missing Culturally Sensitive Support for Bedouin IDF War Widows

Israel is a democratic state that champions the aspiration for equality, justice, and acceptance of multiculturalism. We critically examine the officially declared policy vis-à-vis the actual fulfillment of minorities’ equal rights. In keeping with the rights-based approach to social work, minority groups are entitled to any rights granted to the dominant group in their countries...

Stigma, Discrimination, and Social Exclusion of the Mentally Ill: the Case of Ghana

The authors examine treatment and society’s perception of mental illness through the lenses of stigma, discrimination and social exclusion, and human rights. We argue that being diagnosed with mental illness in a developing country has a significant impact on virtually every area of one’s life. The challenges faced by individuals with mental illness in Ghana are due to the...

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...

Perceptions of Communication and Respect Among Coworkers: a Comparison of Employees with and Without Experience in Long-Term Care Environments

The aim of this study was to evaluate how the work experiences of employees in long-term care affected their perceptions and levels of respect and communication. Content considers the effects of professional and non-professional long-term care (LTC) staff’s previous work experience, training, and supervision. The notion of hierarchy is raised in the context of its relationship to...

Human Rights-Based Approach to Disaster Management: Valparaiso, Chile

An overview of the devastating April 2014 wildfire that destroyed a large number of homes and killed 15 people in the communities surrounding Valparaiso, Chile, is provided. Utilizing a human rights-based framework, a qualitative study was conducted 6 months after the disaster to examine the community’s response. Interviews were held with formal and informal community leaders, as...

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...

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...

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...