“Perhaps?” and “Depends!” The possible implications of disaster related community development for social work

Shevellar, Lynda and Westoby, Peter (2014) “Perhaps?” and “Depends!” The possible implications of disaster related community development for social work. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 16 2: 23-35.

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Author Shevellar, Lynda
Westoby, Peter
Title “Perhaps?” and “Depends!” The possible implications of disaster related community development for social work
Journal name Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education
ISSN 1329-0584
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 16
Issue 2
Start page 23
End page 35
Total pages 13
Place of publication Griffith University, Southport, QLD Australia
Publisher Australian Association for Social Work and Welfare Education
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract The integration of community development as a field of social work practice into disaster management and response is occurring globally. While community development is often undertaken in divergent environments, its role and practice in a post-disaster context is a relatively unexplored field that can create particular tensions and challenges. In this article we respond to the question of whether the experience of disasters and recovery link social work back to its community work and community development identities. Our response is based on a research project examining a state-wide, post-flood recovery program, following the natural disasters that devastated Queensland, Australia, in 2011. The conclusion we draw is that responses to disaster and recovery work certainly have the potential to link social work back to its CD identity. However, we contend that there are two fundamental issues that need to be engaged with. We argue that, firstly, attention must be given to how social work and CD broadly engage with each other. Secondly, there are questions over how social workers are engaging in disaster response contexts and why they are largely absent from present disaster response research. Our conclusion is that perhaps social work can be linked back to its CD identity—but it depends on the outcome of these two considerations and how we imagine the implications of these conversations for the social work and community development curriculum.
Keyword Community development
Social work curriculum
Disaster management
Worker identities
Social work education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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