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The role of critical social work education in improving ethical practice with refugees and asylum seekers

Published on May 18, 2020in Social Work Education
· DOI :10.1080/02615479.2019.1663812
Christine Morley11
Estimated H-index: 11
(QUT: Queensland University of Technology),
Candice Le , Linda Briskman14
Estimated H-index: 14
(USYD: University of Sydney)
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ABSTRACTThis paper uses critical reflection as its primary methodology to research one Master of Social Work student’s former practice experiences as an Australian immigration officer. The paper co...
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