Social Work and Countering Violent Extremism in Sweden and the UK

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Finch, J., Jönsson, J., Kamali, M. and McKendrick, D. 2019. Social Work and Countering Violent Extremism in Sweden and the UK. European Journal of Social Work.
AuthorsFinch, J., Jönsson, J., Kamali, M. and McKendrick, D.
Abstract

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’ practicing 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.

JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
ISSN1369-1457
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/13691457.2019.1657803
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2019.1657803
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Online11 Sep 2019
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Accepted16 Aug 2019
Deposited12 Sep 2019
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Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Social Work on 11/09/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13691457.2019.1657803.
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