Stating the importance of ‘human rights and social justice’ is relatively easy; the challenge is applying these concepts to practice.
a) What is different about a social work role on a multidisciplinary team? What are the underlying principles that guide social work? Are these really any different to other professions in the mental health arena? Why or why not? Housing services may comprise of multidisciplinary teams too; positions may be filled by staff from nursing, youth work, psychology and other disciplines.
b) How might you begin to look at the human rights implications of service delivery in a particular agency? If you have had no contact with accommodation services and don’t know where to begin a critical analysis, consider starting a thread on the discussion board of LearnJCU asking for more information from other students.
c) The idea of participation is raised in the AASW Competency Standards and in your second reading. Why is participation so important to social work practice? Could the idea of participation be included in your assignment?