Building culturally relevant social work for children in the midst of armed conflict

Applying the DACUM method in Afghanistan

Martha Bragin, Carol Tosone, Eileen Ihrig, Veronica Mollere, Anisa Niazi, Enayatullah Mayel

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    The 21st century has created renewed interest in developing culturally relevant social work where it does not exist, especially for children affected by armed conflict and disaster, in order to ensure that local professional standards guide responses to these types of distress. In this context Afghanistan’s National Strategy for Children at Risk required the development of professional guidelines for social work practice with children in crisis. This article illustrates the collaboration of the Afghan government with two international schools of social work to initiate national social work standards and curricula by engaging local practitioners in defining their work and core competencies through the DACUM (Develop-A-Curriculum) method. Strengths and limitations of the method are explored, as are implications for social work development in Afghanistan and other conflict and disaster affected countries.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)745-759
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Social Work
    Volume59
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

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    Keywords

    • Afghanistan
    • armed conflict
    • child protection
    • culturally relevant social work
    • DACUM method
    • international social work
    • participatory curriculum development

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    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science

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    Building culturally relevant social work for children in the midst of armed conflict : Applying the DACUM method in Afghanistan. / Bragin, Martha; Tosone, Carol; Ihrig, Eileen; Mollere, Veronica; Niazi, Anisa; Mayel, Enayatullah.

    In: International Social Work, Vol. 59, No. 6, 01.11.2016, p. 745-759.

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    Bragin, Martha ; Tosone, Carol ; Ihrig, Eileen ; Mollere, Veronica ; Niazi, Anisa ; Mayel, Enayatullah. / Building culturally relevant social work for children in the midst of armed conflict : Applying the DACUM method in Afghanistan. In: International Social Work. 2016 ; Vol. 59, No. 6. pp. 745-759.
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