To celebrate World Social Work Day we interviewed some of our Social Work academics about the social work profession and this year’s theme: ‘Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind’.
Read our interview with Social Work lecturer, Christine Borg.
What inspired you to become a social worker?
I have a background in Child and Family Therapy. I was inspired to become a social worker to expand my knowledge and pursue a field of study that is closely aligned to my values and beliefs in social justice, advocacy and equity.
What is the most rewarding thing about the social work profession?
The most rewarding aspect of working within the social work profession is the countless opportunities to develop and strengthen relationships, create partnerships and be part of social change. People cannot be underestimated! Although many systems are intrinsically oppressive and flawed, having a shared vision, applying a strengths-based approach and by maintaining culturally inclusive and respectful practice, the possibilities for change generates incredible hope and possibility.
What does this year’s theme: ‘Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind’ mean to you?’
For me, this year’s theme highlights the critical importance of examining the impact and relationship with our environment and practice. These are interconnected. When we challenge Western frameworks in social work, we can embrace this with greater understanding and compassion. In considering this year’s theme, I am reminded of the persistent need to interrogate neoliberal practices to ensure the decolonisation, sustainability and inclusion of social work practice.
What piece of advice would you give to those wanting to pursue a career in social work?
Social work is a political profession and requires us to have a voice. This voice starts from within. Tune in to that voice. Be curious. Rebellious. Bold. Remember your purpose and forge partnerships. Listen to others, lean in to others and spend time in critical reflection.