The social work profession in Palestine: challenges and strategies for future development

Faraj, Mohammed Yousef Mohammed (2020). The social work profession in Palestine: challenges and strategies for future development. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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The research looks at the development of social work in Palestine amidst the crisis and political conflict ensuing from the colonial occupation of the Palestinian Occupied Territories and the continuing pressures this and neoliberal policies of donors has placed on social work education and practice. In providing a historical overview of Palestinian society and of indigenous forms of social work throughout its history, it explores the developments of more formal practices and how these have shaped social work education.

Using individual interviews and focus groups, a qualitative methodology is used to explore the meanings participants make of their experiences within education and their understanding and interpretations of the policies and practices that have affected their experiences as educators, graduates and representatives of the social work profession.

The findings suggest a need for an indigenous Palestinian social work model developed through an understanding of the crucial role that social work has served in addressing issues that arise from the political conflict. It recommends the development of a national framework for the profession that would provide a shared vision, purpose, standards, and values by which education and practices should be guided.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Social Policy, Department of Social Work and Social Care
Funders: Other
Other Funders: Institute of Applied Social Sciences (IASS)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare


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