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IASSW chief editor

Carolyn Noble, PhD


The proposal for this special edition of Social Dialogue came from members of SWEARN (Social Work Education Anti-Racist Network), an established network of academics and leaders from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland committed to the development of global understandings of anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice framed within a post-colonial set of standards based on global conventions and ideas.

Under the guest editorship of Dr Kish Bhatti- Sinclair (UChichester, UK) and Professor Brian Littlechild (UHertfordshire, UK) we have gathered 16 articles from Ecuador, Guyana, Uruguay, Papua New Guinea, Italy, UK, Canada, Australia, and Aotearoa/New Zealand, exploring the title “Black lives matter: Developments in decolonising social work”.

Articles in the edition (#26) explore the way a post-colonial lens privileges post-colonial knowledge, skills, and values in all aspect of the curriculum and aspects of practice, encouraging social work to continue to create an awareness of the impact of colonialism and create less oppressive ways of delivering education and social services. A key aspect of decolonial work is to help with cultural recovery and self-determination efforts.

Thank you to all the contributors