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Social work and countering violent extremism in Sweden and the UK
Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London, London, UK.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0810-2848
Independent Scholar, Uppsala, Sweden.
Department of Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK.
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Social Work in Europe, is now being tasked with managing the 'problems' of terrorism, i.e supporting those affected by terrorist attacks, managing returnees affiliated with Terrorist groups in the Middle East, or, as will be discussed here, identifying those at risk from radicalisation and extremism. Both Britain and Sweden have Counter-Terrorism policies, but recent developments in both countries have made it a statutory requirement for social workers to work within such policies. This paper seeks to explore the policies in both countries, utilising a comparative approach to consider the similarities in not only policy and practice but also in the ethical consequences such policies pose for social workers across Europe. The exploration considers; the extent to which anti-radicalisation policies influence social work practices in Sweden and the UK and how they might undermine social work as a human rights profession. The results indicate that anti-radicalisation policies run the risk of reducing social work to become a 'policing profession' practising social control. This has substantial consequences for social work and its global ethics, which should be considered and struggled against by social workers committed to principles of social justice and human rights.

Abstract [sv]

Det ställs allt större krav på det europeiska sociala arbetets praktik för att hantera ‘problemen’ med terrorism, som bl.a. att hjälpa drabbade av terrorist attacker, att ta hand om återvändande som har varit inblandade i terroristaktiviteter i Mellanöstern, eller, som ska diskuteras i denna artikel, att identifiera de som riskerar radikalisering och extremism. Både Storbritannien och Sverige har anti-terrorist policyn, men under senare år ställs allt högre krav på socialarbetare att implementera sådana policyn. Föreliggande artikel undersöker genom en komparativ ansats genomförandet av dessa policyn inte bara likheter i policy och praktiker av socialt arbete, utan också de etiska konsekvenserna dessa medför för socialarbetare i europeiska länder. Studien undersöker hur anti-radikaliseringspolicy påverkar socialt arbete i Sverige och Storbritannien och hur sådana policy riskerar att underminera det sociala arbetet som en profession för realisering av mänskliga rättigheter. Resultaten indikerar attanti-radikaliseringspolicy riskerar att reducera det sociala arbetets profession till att bli en profession för social kontroll. Detta har betydande konsekvenser för socialt arbete och dess globala etik, vilket måste beaktas och bekämpas av socialarbetare trogna principer om social rättvisa och mänskliga rättigheter.

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Routledge, 2019.
Keywords [en]
Social work, counter-terrorism, radicalisation, extremism, racism
Keywords [sv]
Socialt arbete, anti-terrorism, radikalisering, extremism, rasism
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-76078DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2019.1657803ISI: 000485568300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-76078DiVA, id: diva2:1348594
Available from: 2019-09-04 Created: 2019-09-04 Last updated: 2019-10-02Bibliographically approved

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