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Hierarchical Challenges to Transnational SocialWorkers’ Mobility: The United Kingdom as a Destination within an Expanding European Union

Hussein, Shereen (2014) Hierarchical Challenges to Transnational SocialWorkers’ Mobility: The United Kingdom as a Destination within an Expanding European Union. British Journal of Social Work, 44 (supp 1). i174-i192. ISSN 0045-3102. (doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcu050) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:68321)

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Abstract

Transnational social workers' (TSWs) mobility is evident across the globe; however, social work training, qualifications and activities vary widely even within areas of free labour mobility such as the European Economic Area (EEA). The UK continues relying on internationally qualified social workers to fill in shortages. A number of structural challenges exist in relation to the ability of social workers to cross borders; these are presented at different levels of hierarchies, including political, practice, regulatory structures and individual levels. This article seeks to conceptualise different elements of such hierarchies, drawing on two empirical research projects. The first relates to a pan-European data-gathering exercise in relation to regulation and qualification structure of social work in twenty-seven EEA countries and the second reflects the experience and perceptions of sixty-six non-UK-qualified social workers practising in the UK. The analysis suggests that a set of factors operating on the macro, meso and micro levels of hierarchies affects EEA and non-EEA TSWs differently. TSWs' experience is further influenced by the ability to transfer training and skills into the UK cultural context, which in turn is affected by individuals' abilities and structural workplace support.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/bjsw/bcu050
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints] U2 - 10.1093/bjsw/bcu050 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JO - British Journal of Social Work [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Europe, global mobility, immigration, international social work, social work education, GLOBALIZATION, RECRUITMENT, IDENTITY, ENGLAND, UK
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Shereen Hussein
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 11:49 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 11:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/68321 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hussein, Shereen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7946-0717
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