Social working without borders: challenging privatisation and complicity with the hostile environment
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
social work and asylum
Social Workers Without Borders
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AbstractSocial Workers Without Borders is a UK social work charity established in early 2016 to provide direct support to migrant children and families, and to scaffold this through the development of social work education and activism reflecting the principles of human rights and social justice. Reflecting on Social Workers Without Borders’ model of practice, Lauren Wroe, co-founder and trustee of Social Workers Without Borders, discusses the charity’s recent campaign against Capita and the implications of privatisation for asylum-seeking and migrant families, as well as for the ethical value base of the profession. Positioning Social Workers Without Borders as a voluntary network that ‘fills the gap’ in state services, the author discusses campaign strategies to defend the profession, and the families it supports, from the rolling back of state welfare and the rolling out of state hostility through the deregulated outsourcing of social care services.
CitationWroe L (2019) 'Social working without borders: challenging privatisation and complicity with the hostile environment', Critical and Radical Social Work, 7 (2), pp.251-255.
JournalCritical and Radical Social Work