Mapping social work across 10 countries: Structure, intervention, identity and challenges

Abigail Ornellas, Gary Spolander, Lambert Engelbrecht, Alessandro Sicora, Irina Pervova, María-Asunción Martínez-Román, Agnus, K Law, PK Sajahan, Maria das Dores Guerreiro, Jose, L Casanova, Maria, L.T Garcia, Hakan Acar, Linda Martin, Marianne Strydom

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An emerging global consciousness and rising attention given to international social work development has seen the recognition of comparative research within the profession. Understanding the functioning and organisation of social work within various country contexts is critical in order to formulate knowledge around its overall impact, successes and challenges, allowing social workers to learn from one another and build professional consolidation. The profession is mapped out in 10 countries, reflecting on its structure, identity and development. Although the profession is developing globally, it is also experiencing significant challenges. Key insights, conclusions and recommendations for future research are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1183-1197
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number4
Early online date18 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • Comparative research
  • international social work
  • neoliberalism
  • professionalism
  • social work identity
  • social work research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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