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Intercultural consolidation: exploring the experiences of internationally qualified social workers and the English post-qualifying framework

Intercultural consolidation: exploring the experiences of internationally qualified social workers and the English post-qualifying framework

Sims, David (2011) Intercultural consolidation: exploring the experiences of internationally qualified social workers and the English post-qualifying framework. European Journal of Social Work, 15 (2). pp. 241-255. ISSN 1369-1457 (Print), 1468-2664 (Online) (doi:10.1080/13691457.2010.543891)

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Abstract

The increasing movement of social workers from one country to another, especially with the expansion of the European Union, appears likely to pose a number of challenges to
host countries in terms of receiving, supporting and developing social workers who trained in other countries. This paper explores the provision of a post-qualifying
‘consolidation’ module to a group of 15 internationally qualified social workers and evaluates both the student experience and the cultural challenges faced by individual
social workers who came to practise in England after qualifying in their home countries.
These social workers undertook the module at the University of Greenwich in London, England, and were selected for this as a part of a project with two London boroughs.
Factors which have an important influence on successful ‘settlement’ into a new role and culture are discussed and analysed. It is argued that the provision of post-qualifying
training can be a key part of the acculturation process but timing and other factors need to be considered. The paper explores what was learned from the project and its
evaluation about the experiences and support needs of internationally qualified social workers. The project took place in 2007-2008 and was evaluated.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Accepted: 19 November 2010. [2] First published online: 30 June 2011. [3] Published in print: May 2012. [4] An earlier version of this article was given as a conference paper at 11th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference with the 3rd UK Social Work Research Conference: Changing Identities, held 8-10 July 2009, at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK (see also http://gala.gre.ac.uk/6719).
Uncontrolled Keywords: acculturation, internationally qualified social workers, consolidation, continuing professional development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Family Care & Mental Health Department
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6718

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