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Session
Workshop 6-7: Some observations on the reception of the GSWSEP in Flanders; The ethics of global-solidarity in social work: two steps forward, one step
Time:
Thursday, 17/June/2021:
12:30pm - 2:00pm

Location: Parallel Session 4

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“Some observations on the reception of the GSWSEP in Flanders”

A. Denoix Kerger

artevelde university of applied sciences, Belgium

“Some Observations on the Reception of the GSWSEP in Flanders”

Presenting Author: Kerger Denoix, Artevelde university Ghent Belgium

Abstract Workshop (45’)

As a consequence of the revisited Global Definition of Social Work, the IASSWS reviewed the Social Work Ethical Standards and principles (2001) and after consultation with social work organizations from all over the globe, finalized in 2017 in the new document: Global Social Work Statement on Ethical Principles (GSWSEP). We were involved in the consultation before the finalization of the document and published a translating of the document in Dutch on the IASSW website.

In this workshop we want to present:

(1) A short introduction on our research and background of the choices made in the GSWSEP by presenting a short overview of 5 preceding IASSW-IFSW Ethical and Deontological Codes from 1975 on. These 5 snapshots show how dynamic and contextual social work is and can be used in training students.

(2) Some remarks on the exercise of translation, not only concerning Dutch but also comparing the French, and Spanish translation.

(3) In 2/2020 we will discuss the GSWSEP with trainers and researchers Social work from the Flemish Schools for social work, some representatives form Social Work organizations and social workers in the field concerning the possibilities, the difficulties and challenges the GSWSEP poses. The IASSW allows local adaptation of the statement.

(4) In general, the GSWSEP confronts European Social Work with global issues, transnational issues, shared vulnerability, the issue of decolonization, the impact of globalization and neo liberalism, the issue of Human Rights and Social Justice with some challenging suggestions. These are not only issues concerning the life of ‘clients’ or ‘users of social work services’ but challenges the formers views on ‘professional identity of social work’ (and ergo the problem of social work curriculum), the relation with the governments or (in case lack of government) and aims at the heart or DNA of social work 2020.



The ethics of global-solidarity in social work: two steps forward, one step back

Chaitali Das1, Janet Carter Anand2

1Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany; 2University of Eastern Finland

While the ‘global’ tends towards standardization and the transfer of ideas transcending boundaries, the ‘glocal’ tends towards the localization of these ideas. As Niemczyk (2019) suggests, the local is the site where global becomes operationalised. In social work, Lyons and May-Chahal, (2017) suggest that in an increasingly interconnected world, the concept of ‘Glocal’ has been introduced to examine the interconnections between the global and the local.

For Healy (2008), glocal includes the need for solidarity across different local sites towards addressing global issues of inequality and oppression. The importance of solidarity has also become clearly visible in both local and global communities with the current ongoing pandemic. Indeed, for the year 2020 – 2022, the first theme chosen by the IASSW, IFSW and ICSW is ‘Ubuntu: Strengthening Social Solidarity and Global Connectedness’ within the Global Agenda for 2020 – 2030 (IFSW, 2020).

However, this solidarity is not straightforward and access to opportunities for solidarity is uneven and unequal. This workshop would like to introduce the concept of global-mindedness in this context to think about the ways that the local can interact with the global critically (Anand and Das, 2019). In this workshop, we want to consider the possibilities and limits of this solidarity between the local-global interfaces using different questions, examples (fictive, historic) and engaging in a discursive dialogue to explore the nuances of global solidarity and both the possibilities and limitations of such action.. Questions include:

- What are the opportunities and risks of global solidarity?

- How does global solidarity interact with democratic processes (using both positive and negative examples)?

- Should global solidarity enable us to speak about all issues in all other places?

o What are the implications of such solidarity on local spaces where these issues arise?

o To what extent are local concerns, ideas and issues sidelined within globalized discussions

o What role do neo-colonial power structures play in such calls for global solidarity



 
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