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welcome to the new style and the relaunch of the Social Work & Society News Magazine SocMag in its eighth year!
After some time of reconstruction we a proud to present to you the new format of SocMag – bright, critical, informative and open for your contributions.

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A short overview of the development and professionalization of Social Work in Romania

Mauerbluemchen_SchwarzinBéla Szabó, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

The contemporary history of social work as a profession in Romania (re)started in the beginning of 1990. It was just after the communist dictatorial regime had broken into pieces, but we shan’t forget the fact that the formation and education of social workers was present also before 1990, between 1929-1952. At that time, the specialization had a university-level profile in the frame of the “Princess Ileana” College of Social Work. Read the rest of this entry »

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Social work in China – Historical development and current challenges for professionalization

Drachen_Dreiucker_4Yafang Wang, Shanghai (China)

1. A brief review of the historic development of social work in China
From the 1900s till now the development of social work in China, like in many western countries, has been deeply embedded in the development of the society, which, in China, has been a turbulent process of social transition since the end of the 19th century. Read the rest of this entry »

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Social Work and Social Policy

Zuhoeren_Schuetz_9Mark Humme, Münster (Germany)

The relationship between social policy and social work can on no account be considered clarified. This is because it has not been empirically examined in depth, and also because both the state and social policy in social work theorizing have neglected it. A discourse analysis can be used, in an attempt to examine this relationship further. Read the rest of this entry »

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TISSA 2014: Transforming Societies – A challenge for Social Work in Europe

tissa_logo-gThe International ‘Social Work & Society’ Academy (TiSSA) focusses the issue of welfare state transformation all over the world. In this context, the organizers ask: “Business as usual – carrying on as social work has done so far – working in the usual manner while the world is transforming? Can that be the perspective for critical social work? In societies where poverty, unemployment and inequality of opportunities are symptomatic features of a radicalised market system? On the one hand, these trends threaten to obliterate the classical fields of social work engagement, on the other they make them more demanding. These trends, which encroach increasingly on most European countries, challenge us to act with determination. They affect all age groups, men as well as women. We see constantly new zones of precarious situations forming and the fear of losing established existential securities spreading. Welfare programmes become eroded and confined to securing the bare minimum of existence instead of providing a secure future perspective. Young people feel abandoned with their expectations for the future and heading for an existential void when they do not fit the norms of the economic system. The traditional structure of opportunities for ‘the use of labour’ turns out to be an illusion. The appeal to individual self-realisation and activation becomes a synonym for failed social and labour policies but gets ideologically turned into the main plank of welfare theories and policies.”

TISSA 2014 takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria from August 22 to 24 2014. The call for papers is open – you can submit until June 30th and find more information here: www.tissa.net

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Like a fish without a bicycle? We need a science of social work! – Report from an invitational conference on the subject of “Shaping a Science of Social Work” at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) in May 2011

jpg-1.thumbnailHans-Jürgen Göppner, Eichstätt (Germany)

It is incontestable worldwide that social work needs a „science base“.

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Europeanising the Social Professions – Networking in practice and education

jpg-12.thumbnailGünter J Friesenhahn / Friedrich W. Seibel / Anette Kniephoff-Knebel

In both science as well as in practice a newly raised awareness for the significance of European dimensions of social work has been detected since the mid eighties triggered by strategic considerations and initiatives of the European Union, that intended to liaise people in Europe more intensively on a personal and professional level by offering special programmes. International networks, cross-border projects and the development of international education perspectives have been growing since.

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Defend Social Worker Norbert Ferencz – Sign the petition

Is social work an act of incitement in Hungary?

Our fellow social worker Norbert Ferencz (Pumukli), member of the Új Szemlélet group represents radical social work, and is now under trial for incitement, a felony punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment!

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The Second Russian–American Child Welfare Forum: Opening Remarks of the Russian Child Rights Commissioner About Intercountry Adoption, Responses, and the Spirit of Child Protection Collaboration Between the Two Nations

Karen Smith Rotabi, PhD, MSW, MPH, Richmond, Virginia (USA)

As a result of bilateral child protection negotiations between the United States and the Russian Federation, the Second Russian-American Child Welfare Forum was held in late June 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, as a part of the 20th Annual Colloquium of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. This meeting, a follow-up to a previous gathering held in Russia, was organized to “exchange experiences and opinions on pressing issues we face in building effective child welfare systems in our countries” (Egorova, 2012).

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Family Group Conferencing to preserve Families and prevent Child Institutionalization

group conferenceKaren Smith Rotabi, Richmond, Virginia (USA)

Helping families and their kin develop care plans for orphaned and vulnerable children was the objective of the family group conferencing (FGC) training that took place in Guatemala City from July 10-12, 2012.

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Update on Child Abduction for Adoption from Guatemala: New Court Ruling

Karen Smith Rotabi, Richmond, Virginia (USA)

On 29 July of 2011, Loyda Rodriguez finally received a court order from Guatemalan courts ruling her daughter’s intercountry adoption to be illegal

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TISSA 2012: Social Work & Society – Between Private, Public and the State: 10th TISSA Conference/Bucharest (Romania)

tissa.thumbnailFor quite some time now the European welfare state models have come under heavy pressure. This pressure was characterised by the discussion on the nature of social solidarity under the impact of neo-liberalism. This has brought about socio-political restrictions in almost every European country, at times in extreme form. The principle of subjectivity as self-responsibility of the individual citizen found wide political acclaim.

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Primary Health Centers in the Backward Regions of India: An Exclusive Study of PHC, Mura, Dist-Sambalpur, Orissa, India


Deepak Kumar Behera, Orissa (India)

Health is the major indicator of development. The country where the health system is good it is taken in to consideration that the country is developed. But this is a fallacy so far as the scenario of India is concerned.

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TISSA 2011: Politics of Identity – The Changing Face of Social Work

Social work is challenged by the social, structural and economic ruptures in the rapidly changing European societies. This raises inevitably the question of its professional identity.


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Human Rights and Social Work – Dialogue between East Asia and West

jpg-2.jpg Silvia Staub-Bernasconi, Berlin (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland)

Coming from a small country, mostly known for its cheese with small holes and banks with recently big holes, and – at the World Exhibition in Shanghai – famous for waterproof socks as a great hit – hopefully without holes – it was a real surprise for me that you found me in the middle of all these holes. But let’s become serious: I feel very deeply honored to have been chosen for the Katherine Kendall Award 2010. My gratitude goes to the committee which nominated me for this award. But my thanks are also in the name of all colleagues, friends and students who accompanied me during all these years and hold up the vision and hope for a worldsociety which – inspite of all backlashs – tries to bring the idea of human rights closer to reality, especially closer to social work reality. Read the rest of this entry »

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Adaptation of Knowledge and Management in Social Welfare in Hungary


Andrea Riez, Sopron (Hungary)

Society, economic corporations and individuals face new challenges in terms of global competitiveness as well as the information revolution which means a new quality through automated decision arrangement and telecommunication, furthermore the requirement to guarantee the excellent quality of the products and services and to develop them continuously. Organizations all over the world feel in need to solve the problem of managing human resources in a way that they can provide quality products and services for each other and their clients. The solution has to be found by the management. Improving the professional knowledge and attaining the capability and the means („toolbar”) of conception-creation and changing the people’s attitude are needed for the requirements and would have to be realized by management on the basis of experience and reliable knowledge.

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The Morals of Responsibility, Social Justice and Social Security of the Person


Tatiana Shipunova, St. Peterburg (Russia)

The main values of a society in any concrete historical period of its existence are reflected in its morals. These morals can be considered as the recognition by society of the fact that life, well-being and the social security of a person can only be guaranteed if society is united as a whole, and if the whole society unites to observe the values provided. Read the rest of this entry »

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Child trafficking in Vienna – Repatriation of affected Romani children into their country of origin, Romania, as a lasting solution?

By Astrid Bliem

Astrid Bliem, Vienna (Austria)

Austria is affected by child trafficking not only as a transit country but also as a destination country. This is especially true in the case of Romani children from Romania, which are mostly subject to child trafficking for work exploitation (stealing and begging) or for sexual exploitation, picked up in Vienna and repatriated to their country of origin. Social work at present does not play a major role in dealing with this topic, although it has the necessary methodical preconditions to increase its role. Read the rest of this entry »

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Better Care Network Launches New Resource: Better Care Network Toolkit

Worldwide child care practitioners face increasing challenges in providing appropriate care and protection services to children, youth, and families. On the ground, childcare practitioners are often unable to access much-needed resources. Read the rest of this entry »

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