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Social Workers, Service Users and Austerity – A Common Cause

Shennan, G. and Unwin, Peter ORCID: (2017) Social Workers, Service Users and Austerity – A Common Cause. Professional Social Work. pp. 22-23. ISSN 1352-3112

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In January 2016, the International
Federation of Social Workers hosted a
Solidarity Symposium on social work and
austerity, which BASW members attended
along with a number of European colleagues.
A statement was agreed, which said:
“Austerity is a flawed economic theory that
increases debt burden, unemployment,
homelessness, inequality and causes misery
upon the lives of citizens.”
Social workers know how short-sighted
cuts to preventive services are, as they can
put intolerable pressure on people who then
end up needing far more expensive provision.
Reclaiming advocacy as an essential social work role is needed for our service user and carer voices to be heard
inside as well as outside our agencies. As well
as giving a voice to service users and carers
we work with individually, we can form
alliances on an organisational level to combat the effects of austerity on the most vulnerable in our society.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: austerity, service users, carers, social work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Peter Unwin
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 14:18
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2021 04:00

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