This article presents a constructed reflection that reworks and develops previous contributions, based on the author’s involvement in the field of Spanish social services as an independent consultant, and on a review of a host of recent bibliographical references.
At present, the most hegemonic notion of innovation is characterised by technological change, coupled with the emergence of new products. This reductionist view was already by refuted by Schumpeter’s theory of economic development from 1912 in which his idea of creative destruction gives rise to an innovation of processes and organisations.
This paper introduces an example of a best practice in the design of public policies through participation of citizens and social agents. This initiative was conducted by the Vice-Presidency and the Department for Equality and Inclusive Policies of the Government of Valencia through the drafting of the Valencia Covenant for combating Male and Gender-based Violence of the Valencia Region (2017).
Female family workers as professionals are broadly exposed to the emotional effects stemming from bonds of care. They work within the intimate setting of families in contexts where placing boundaries on their duty is by no means simple, and they do this without assistance. They benefit from scarce protection factors and the legitimisation of their knowledge is light years away from receiving public acknowledgment. Their self-perception of their task is conditioned by this. Nevertheless, they are professionals who hardly benefit from having access to supervisory-based settings.
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.
The fight against violent extremism in Catalan society has led to the introduction of social surveillance policies within the educational field; the Protocol for the Detection of Islamic Radicalism (PRODERAI) is one example of this. This protocol applied to pupils (who are mostly underage), which is secret, based on police instructions conveyed verbally, and of doubtful effectiveness, illustrates legal significance in the educational field.
Once the Catalan Board for Childhood and, subsequently, the six regional boards were set up, we had no knowledge of the number of and situation surrounding regional boards, or indeed the number of and situation surrounding childhood and adolescence networks.
Social services –the fourth pillar of social welfare– are part of the backbone of social policies in autonomous communities as a whole, based on the areas of authority set out in the Spanish Constitution of 1978. The first laws on social services at regional level marked the beginning of the public system of social services, which is still in its early stages even today.
This article sets out reflections regarding the researcher’s role within the context of a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project experience conducted by researchers from the Department of Social Work and Sociology at the University of Deusto on San Sebastian/Donostia campus. This methodology, capable of generating relational dynamics and reciprocity practices, makes it possible to link research in social work to professional practice, overcoming the potential dichotomy existing between both dimensions.
This article contributes to the reflection on state policies from their twofold perspective as a facilitator of citizens’ rights and, at the same time, a breeding ground for social inequalities, taking the National Pension Inclusion Plan for the Elderly (2005), implemented in Argentina, as a point of reference and an empirical tension for the purposes of considering these state actions.