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University lecturers work on case stories to teach theory, practice and ethics of social work


Between May 23-25, 2016 academics from seven Universities from six countries have come together for their second meeting in the framework of the Erasmus+ project "Improving the protection and wellbeing of children in Europe: enhancing the curriculum". The purpose of the meeting was to proceed with the development and conceptualisation of educational materials in social work which would enhance existing curricula with more opportunities for practice and the inclusion of up-to-date approaches. One of the tools discussed was a case story book - which could also take the form of an online learning tool, which would help lecturers discuss the ethics of social work, the theory behind social work practices and practical approaches. The participating academics came to the meeting with examples of case vignettes, covering issues of child migration, child abuse, child exploitation, institutionalisation. The next step is to come up with a unified case story structure for all further cases, and then to develop materials that would reflect on the three aspects: theory, ethics and practice. Colleagues also discussed how an element of inter-University learning could take place, fostering transnational child protection, using a case story of child migration (either in context of the current refugee crisis, or in the context of European migrant children).

The participants agreed to continue their discussions and collaboration online and use the Summer period to develop more detailed educational materials.