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International Social Work and Social Welfare: North America

Wes Shera

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.570

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North America is one of the world's richest regions, and both the United States and Canada are ranked in the top 10 of the United Nations Human Development Index. However, poverty and inequality, and in particular, child poverty continues to be a significant problem. Social workers in both countries provide a wide array of human services to a range of populations. Social work has developed into a mature profession but is currently struggling to meet the increasing demand for its services.

Keywords: North America; social welfare; social work; socioeconomic conditions; poverty

Article.  3355 words. 

Subjects: International and Global Issues in Social Work ; Social Work Macro Practice ; Social Work Practice Settings ; Race and Ethnicity ; Occupations, Professions, and Work

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