Transnational Social Work

Opportunities and Challenges of a Global Profession

Edited by Allen Bartley and Liz Beddoe

Transnational Social Work

Edited by Allen Bartley and Liz Beddoe

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2018
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447333364 Published March 2018 For sale in North and South America only
This book provides an international comparison of labor markets, migrant professionals, immigration policies, and their interaction in relation to social work. Case studies based on the latest research from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia allow readers to make critical comparisons and gain an understanding of the global nature of the social work profession. Detailed analysis covers the opportunities and challenges presented by labor market mobility, the implications for social justice, and the experiences and perceptions of transnational social workers. 
List of tables and figures
List of abbreviations
Notes on contributors

one – Transnational social work: opportunities and challenges of a global profession
Allen Bartley and Liz Beddoe

Part One: Setting the transnational context
two – Opportunities and challenges of a global profession: an international perspective
Karen Lyons

three – New Public Management, migrant professionals and labour mobility: possibilities for social justice social work?
Donna Baines

Part Two: Practitioner perspectives
four – A complicated welcome: social workers navigate policy, organisational contexts and sociocultural dynamics following migration to Canada
Marion Brown, Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, Stephanie Éthier and Amy Fulton

five – The experience of transnational social workers in England: some findings from research
Sue Hanna and Karen Lyons

six – Transnational social workers in Australia: naivety in the transnational professional space
Allen Bartley

seven – Transnational social workers in Aotearoa New Zealand
Liz Beddoe

Part Three: Employer/stakeholder views
eight – In search of better opportunities: transnational social workers in the UK navigating the maze of global and social mobility
Shereen Hussein

nine – Transnational social workers and the Australian labour market
Gai Harrison

ten – Pōwhiri: a safe space of cultural encounter to assist transnational social workers in the profession in Aotearoa New Zealand
Wheturangi Walsh-Tapiata, Helen Simmons, Litea Meo-Sewabu and Antoinette Umugwaneza

eleven – Consistency and change: internationally educated social workers compare interpretations and approaches in Canada and their countries of origin
Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, Marion Brown and Stephanie Éthier

Part Four: Policy challenges, professional responses
twelve – Readiness and regulation: perspectives of Canadian stakeholders on the labour mobility of internationally educated social workers
Marion Brown, Annie Pullen Sansfaçon and Kate Matheson

thirteen – Will she be right, mate? Standards and diversity in Australian social work
Karen Healy

fourteen – Recognising transnational social workers in Australia
Angelika Papadopoulos

fifteen – Social work mobility in Europe: a case study from Ireland
Trish Walsh, George Wilson and Erna O’Connor

sixteen – Conclusion
Liz Beddoe and Allen Bartley


Review Quotes
Professional Social Work Magazine
“Chapters draw on the latest research into the experiences of transnational social workers, employers and the policy contexts that impact on transnational labour market mobility. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on new public management. . . . An interesting and informative read and one I certainly recommend.”
Critical and Radical Social Work
"Breaks new ground and deserves to be widely read. . .  It will appeal to practitioners and social work educators alike"
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