Bodies of though: on models in social work

Bodies of thought is a text that seeks to reflect on thought and action, but in a living, conscious way from the perspective of social work: the need for mutual recognition in which profession and citizenship are part and parcel, and this cannot be achieved without common ground between theories underpinning our everyday practice and popular wisdom.

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New residents; new opportunities

Primary care social services benefit from several methodologies to provide assistance to citizens according to the needs identified and any necessary diagnosis.

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Interlunation: notes for re-conceiving primary care

Reading Silvia Navarro’s inspired contribution to the global project on the improvement of primary care services will provide us with a decent spell of optimism and probably encourage us to reread it on subsequent occasions. The author leads us into the realm of reflection on our professional practice, which will allow us to question our professional identity and our role in “that idea of proximity and commitment to citizens that primary care encompassed... in which we all once believed, and some still believe today.”

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Social work: a comprehensive set of processes

Based on the track record of social work in terms of achieving the discipline’s goals and the widespread dissatisfaction among the professional community, this article seeks to propose a redefinition of social work. It reveals the need to steer away from the definition that pigeonholes social work intervention into areas focused on specific problems and instead move towards a more comprehensive intervention centred on needs and the community.

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The social work method

This text strives to review an article that was published in the Social Work Journal (RTS) regarding the Basic Method of Social Work in view of the experience gained over the years and as a result of the contributions and critiques that have enhanced it. The review of this method endeavours to create a forum enabling this tool to be useful for social workers and for social transformation.

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An experience in community social work in a shantytown neighbourhood of Montjuich

This article details the experience of community social work carried out in a neighbourhood in Barcelona which was gradually disappearing due to its unstable living conditions. Firstly, a description of the neighbourhood is provided, followed by an account of the historical context and the emergence of the group for promoting social work within the community. The article delves into the complex process giving rise to the disappearance of the neighbourhood and the role played by “the social worker” in it.

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International migration and the transnational family: a systematic review

The age of globalisation has favoured international migration. Current studies on this topic have begun adopting the transnationalism approach. Accordingly, not only is the influence of migrants on the destination location being investigated; the relationships that occur at a distance with the place of origin are being examined also. In this respect, the family has come to form the core component of research on migration and transnationalism.

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Revelation for action: feminist and intersectional approaches in social work intervention

The main purpose of this paper is to explore the meanings that social work intervention takes on when it is guided by feminist and intersectional approaches. Both perspectives allow for reflection and action in gender-oriented contexts based on power relations that unfold according to people’s bodies, sexualities, and gender and ethno-racial identities. Throughout this paper, the feminist approach is highlighted with regard to its commitment to reveal the power and the intersectional approach in its intertwined perspective of power.

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The value of personal assistance: a key figure for the independence of persons with a disability

This paper addresses the figure of the Personal Assistant (PA), which is essential in order for persons with a disability to begin developing an independent life. To set out a framework for a PA, the various models for conceiving disability are presented, identifying the social model as a system based on the rights of persons with a disability.

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Specialist family fostering under full-time dedication: an opportunity to broaden the foundations of family fostering, incorporating social intervention professionals as foster caregivers

As a child protection measure, family fostering takes precedence over residential fostering because it allows the child to develop within a family. However, despite continued efforts in this area this priority has not yet been delivered.

Indeed, Spain has not engaged in developing a model for professionalised family fostering, although the scope for it has been mentioned since 1996 in our Civil Code (Royal Decree, 24 July 1889).

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