As the world grapples with the complex impacts of COVID-19, this book provides an urgent critical exploration of how Social Work can and should respond to this global crisis.
The book considers the ecological, epidemiological, ideological and political conditions which gave rise to the pandemic, before examining the ways that social work has responded in different nations across the Global North and Global South. This series of nation studies examine good practices and suggest new ways to renew and regenerate social work moving on from COVID-19.
Contributors also reflect on the key themes that have emerged, including a rise in domestic violence and the ways that the pandemic has disproportionately affected those in working class and minority communities, exacerbating existing inequalities.
Michael Lavalette is Editor in Chief of CRSW, the Everton Chair of Social and Community Engagement at Liverpool Hope University and a founding member of the Social Work Action Network.
Vasilios Ioakimidis is Editor of the British Journal of Social Work, Founding Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Social Work at the University of Essex and a founding member of the Social Work Action Network.
Iain Ferguson is Honorary Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of West Scotland and a founding member of the Social Work Action Network.
Introduction: Social Work and COVID-19 ~ Vasilios Ioakimidis, Michael Lavalette and Iain Ferguson;
Part 1: Context to a Crisis;
Capitalism, the ecological crisis and the creation of pandemics ~ Michael Lavalette;
Fit for purpose? Neoliberal Social Work and COVID-19 ~ Iain Ferguson;
Why politics matters: comparing state responses to the pandemic ~ Vasilios Ioakimidis;
Social Work responds: an International Overview ~ Rory Truell and Silvana Martinez;
Part 2: Social Work responses;
Social Work and COVID-19 in the USA ~ Dawn Belkin Martinez;
Social Work and COVID-19 in Chile ~ Giannina Munoz Arce;
Social Work and COVID-19 in Brazil ~ Roberta Uchoa;
Social Work and COVID-19 in Palestine ~ Raed Amira;
Social Work and COVID-19 in South Africa ~ Jessie Turton and Linda Smith;
Social Work and COVID-19 in South Korea ~ Sug Pyo Kim;
Social Work and COVID-19 in Greece ~Dora Teloni;
Social Work and COVID-19 in Sierra Leone ~ George Mansaray;
Part 3: Social division, inequality and COVID-19;
Class, inequality and the COVID-19 pandemic ~ Lee Humber;
COVID-19, quarantine and women’s oppression ~Lindsey German;
Social work, Domestic Violence and social work’s ‘silence’ ~ Alissa Ruane and Laura Owens;
‘I can’t breathe’: Racism, COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter ~ Weyman Bennett;
Confronting anti-Roma racism during COVID-19: a community social work response ~ Fatima Uygun;
COVID-19 and the refugee crisis in Greece and Cyprus ~ Nicos Trimikliniotis;
The ethical dilemmas of practice during lock-down ~ Sarah Banks;
Conclusion: Social work after the pandemic: back to business as usual? ~ Vasilios Ioakimidis, Michael Lavalette and Iain Ferguson.