This conference focuses on the ways social work research and practice can operate in context of changing welfare state paradigms, and in particular how core values of human rights and social justice can be embodied and realised. Currently, social work operates in the context of changing welfare state paradigms stressing individual responsibility, marketization and conditionality and of strong societal pressures, such as increasing poverty, inequality, social exclusion and super diversity. What are the implications of this strong value orientation for social work research and practice given these societal changes? How can these values be integrated in the daily practice of social work and social work research? What are the implications for the position of the social worker, the social work researcher and the social work participants?
The conference will be held 10-12 April 2019 in Leuven, Belgium.