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Lynelle Watts
Edith Cowan University
26Publications
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Published on Apr 6, 2019in Social Work & Social Sciences Review
David Hodgson4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University),
Lynelle Watts4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University),
Donna Chung6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Curtin University)
Discretionary judgment is a necessary and desirable attribute of child protection practice and decision-making. Increasingly, approaches towards accountability in child protection services act to constrain the use of practitioner discretionary judgement through ever increasing layers of standardisation and technical-rational approaches to practice. This situation is at odds with the need for professionals to adaptively respond to practice environments that are characterised by uncertainty and co...
Published on Jan 2, 2019in Australian Social Work1.22
Lynelle Watts4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University)
ABSTRACTReflective practice, reflexivity, and critical reflection are now widely accepted as important in contemporary social work practice. Despite this, there remain differences in how the terms are discussed within the literature. This results in confusion in how students are instructed about reflective practice, reflexivity, and critical reflection. This paper presents a proposal for clarifying these concepts based on the results from an interpretive study of reflective practice in social wo...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Lynelle Watts4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University),
David Hodgson4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University)
What is the relation of democracy and participation to social justice? While the distributive theory offers an account of social justice at the level of abstracted principle, others focus their attention on specific conditions and practices that allow social injustice to emerge as a condition of social arrangements. Work by the philosopher Iris Marion Young offers a critical account of social justice, particularly in relation to concepts such as difference and oppression, and how these are impli...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Lynelle Watts4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University),
David Hodgson4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University)
The previous chapters have outlined the theoretical ideas pertinent to understanding social justice. This chapter synthesises these ideas into a coherent framework that includes a summary of the critical, distributive, participatory democracy and autonomy and rights philosophies presented in earlier chapters. We present this framework as an integrated and reflexive way to think about social justice practice, and the chapter then draws on social work literature to outline in brief form a wide ran...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Lynelle Watts4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University),
David Hodgson4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University)
Social work is a discipline and a profession, and learning about social work typically commences with a course of study in a university or tertiary institution. Hence, teaching and learning about social work is key to a solid consideration of social justice. However, given the complex and contested nature of social justice, the approach to teaching social justice needs to be thought through and systematic. This chapter is focussed on teaching and learning for social justice in social work curric...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Lynelle Watts4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University),
David Hodgson4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University)
Social justice has long been an important aim and driving aspiration for social work. The pursuit of social justice is enshrined in ethical codes, practice standards and social work literature around the world, and social work may be considered as an organised attempt at working for social justice. This chapter explains the historical background and meaning of social justice before exploring how social justice is understood in the discipline of social work. Particular emphasis will explore the c...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Lynelle Watts4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University),
David Hodgson4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University)
Social justice in the social work literature is frequently equated with fairness and equality in the distribution and access to resources, opportunities and rights and liberties. This is a version of social justice known as the distributive theory of justice. The most influential exponent of this theory is philosopher John Rawls, outlined primarily in his book A Theory of Justice . Given the influence of the distributive theory on social work specifically, and the welfare state generally, this c...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Lynelle Watts4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University),
David Hodgson4
Estimated H-index: 4
(ECU: Edith Cowan University)
What is social injustice and why does it persist? Every day we read about, hear about or see various forms of injustice. Poverty and deprivation exists side by side with conspicuous wealth and enormous privilege; numerous humanitarian crises seem to overwhelm the capacity and political will of nation-states; violence at a regional, local and interpersonal level continues to inflict harm and misery on millions of people; discrimination, endemic racism and prejudice in many forms have become a nor...
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