4/2016

ERIS Journal – Summer 2016

Given the substantial differences between the UK and Germany in terms of both their welfare
state regimes and in the portrayal of disadvantaged families in public discourse, it would be logical
to also expect different approaches to social work with families in these two countries. However,
in presenting the Troubled Families Programme in the UK and Sozialpädagogische Familienhilfe
in Germany the article aims to highlight the extensive similarities in social work practice. In the
same way as theories and practice of social work are increasingly crossing borders, changes in the
composition of families are also a growing challenge to social work in many countries. The article
illustrates some of the questions confronting practitioners working with multi-household families
with a real-life example.Zobrazit text

This article reports upon the importance of historical research in social work according to
experiences from Czech Republic. A research approach concentrated upon an exploration of the
history of social work is gaining interest among the professional public. Various examples of literature
present arguments in favour of the description and critical analysis of historical knowledge. The
aim of this paper is based on the results of professional discourse on the significance of historical
findings for social work as a science, profession and academic discipline to apply historical research
as a scientific research method in social work. Initial conclusions from an analysis of available
literature proved that historical research is a way to describe how and where social work originated,
how it has evolved over time, and where it stands today. Historical findings are also important to
strengthen the identification of social workers with their profession and to anchor the basic values
and central goals of the profession. Currently in the field of social work, very few historical works
have appeared. The history of social work in the Czech Republic is waiting to be fully considered
and processed. One reason for the lack of interest in historical themes is simply unfamiliarity with
the methodology of historical research. A starting point is the inclusion of historical research into
the curriculum of social workers´ education in methodological subjects. Historical knowledge is
poised to enrich the currently presented information on social work history through the utilization
of relevant methodological means. It is one of the key ways with which to enhance the prestige of
the social work profession and a ready means to bring it into the public eye.Zobrazit text

The aims of this paper are to identify rival stories of social work which reflect the contradictory and
ambivalent attitude of society to the profession and to argue that critical pedagogy can offer a way
forward beyond these contradictions. Based on a qualitative study of a qualifying undergraduate
degree in social work, 48 participants were interviewed: participants included academics, students,
service users and practice educators.
Three stories or narratives of social work identities were identified: social workers as villains,
fools, and unsung heroes. These tales can be seen as contradictory and ambivalent, reflecting the
ambivalent relationship of social work to contemporary society. The key message of this study
is that there are rival stories of social work, which evidence the contradictory and ambivalent
attitude of society to the profession. Critical pedagogy may offer a way forward beyond these
contradictions.
Only by going beyond or removing these rival and dissonant narratives can social workers engage
constructively and critically with the current debates on social work in England today. A critical
pedagogy of hope is explored as a way forward.Zobrazit text

The article deals with spirituality and religiousness in social work and presents techniques, which
serve to explore it in the client-centred approach. Spirituality and/or religiousness are presented
as important dimensions of human life and as such can be a part of holistic social work, even
in secular or post-secular societies. Especially in personal crises existential issues urge us to pay
attention and explain. Broadly perceived spirituality can be resilience, support or recovery resource
and can enhance the human understanding between the client and service provider. Three
conditions are necessary when dealing with spirituality: the social worker has learnt his/her own
spirituality/religiousness, he/she avoids assessing or changing clients values and it is the client’s
wish and autonomous decision to involve spirituality/religiousness in the social work as a potential
improvement to his/her situation. Main stress is laid on qualitative verbal and nonverbal-creative
techniques.Zobrazit text

The article focuses on barriers and accelerators of the integration process of mothers living in
asylum houses into permanent housing. As a part of a participatory research approach in qualitative
research, several categories of the occurrence of accelerators and barriers have been identified. The
categories are as follows: social relationships, boyfriend, children, crime, money, housing, asylum
house, domestic violence, addiction and self-confidence. The accelerators and barriers in these
categories were compared with communication partners changing stays in asylum houses and
communication partners leaving an asylum house.Zobrazit text

The article presents a specific practice field of social work addressing a target group characterized
by severe behavioral problems in combination with a lack of capability to enter relationships.
Labeled as “hopeless cases” these mainly young people are not only marginalized in society but
also in the support system.
Starting with basic information about one-to-one intermediate services in Germany including the
legal framework, target group, types of provisions, previous research, and theoretical references, the
article then emphasizes the special peculiarity of the German Child and Youth Services Act to
provide that support also outside Germany.
As an example for implementation of one-to-one intermediate care in a foreign country, the article
introduces the work of EAL3, a provider working with young people who cannot be reached by
the common support system. EAL is also the object of a current doctoral thesis research aiming
to develop a practice model for the particular practice field. Summing up challenges and demands
within this particular practice, the article offers theoretical foundation as a proposed solution to face difficulties arising from the task to re-integrate marginalized young people into the common
child support system and offer them a perspective.Zobrazit text

The article begins with the description and characterization of current events and discussions
in the context of Muslims in Germany. In a second part, it tries to theorise and conceptualise
these occurrences and developments by the concept of anti-Muslim racism and by simultaneously
differentiating it from other concepts, such as Islamophobia and Muslimfeindschaft (enmity against
Muslims). Finally, it shows the implications and consequences of this conceptual framework on
the pedagogical educational work. By pointing out the ‘stumbling blocks’ and problems of common
educational approaches of ‘intercultural’ and ‘antiracist’ pedagogy, it searches for the answer to
the questions on how education can meet the situation seen in Germany and how educational
programmes must be conceptualized and designed in order to fight anti-Muslim racism and, thus,
to make a contribution to social justice and participation within our society.Zobrazit text