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Social work and human rights: the international context.

Harms-Smith, Linda; Ines Martinez-Herrero, Maria; Arnell, Paul; Bolger, Janine; Butler-Warke, Alice; Downie, Margaret; Nicholls, Jack; MacDermott, Denise


Linda Harms-Smith

Maria Ines Martinez-Herrero

Jack Nicholls

Denise MacDermott


This publication is a companion to ‘Social Work and Human Rights: A Practice Guide’. Both publications can be read separately or together. To maintain continuity between the two the numbering of ‘Social Work and Human Rights: The International Context’ starts where ‘Social Work and Human Rights: A Practice Guide’ ends and thus this publication starts at Section 13. Social work is an international profession and human rights in the UK are set in the context of international laws and treaties. Section 13 covers the development of human rights in an international context, Section 14 examines the contemporary global challenges of human rights while Section 15 concludes with emerging thinking on human rights development and practice.


HARMS-SMITH, L., MARTINEZ-HERRERO, M.I., ARNELL, P., BOLGER, J., BUTLER-WARKE, A., DOWNIE, M., NICHOLLS, J. and MACDERMOTT, D. 2019. Social work and human rights: the international context. Birmingham: BASW [online]. Available from

Report Type Research Report
Online Publication Date Dec 19, 2019
Publication Date Dec 19, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 28, 2020
Publicly Available Date Apr 28, 2020
Publisher British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
Keywords Social workers; Human rights; Liberty; Family life; Mental health; Children; Adoption; Social work practice; International law; Treaties
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