Terrorism and social work: perceptions of what social workers need to know

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Authors: Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S.


Start date: 9 July 2014

This paper focuses on perceptions of British social work students towards terrorism in preparation for qualified social work practice. The background to the study is continuing global political violence, and social workers’ need to address the complex psychosocial needs of those experiencing or affected by international conflict. Political and media focus on the ‘War on Terror’ following the Al Qaeda 9/11 attacks provides context, delineated by potential terrorist attacks on British citizens and communities, as enacted in the London Bombings of 2005 and earlier IRA attacks.   The research aims were to a) explore student understanding of what constitutes ‘terrorism’; b) consider participant views of appropriate social work roles; c) identity participant views of educational gaps in preparation for these roles.

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