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Social work in Australia 2 Article critique:Young, S. & Zubrzycki, J. (2011) Educating Australian social workers in the post-apology era: The potential offered by a “whiteness” lens Journal of Social Work 11(2): 159-173. Introduction This article brings to the limelight the profession of social work in Australia. Historically social work as a profession has been through indigenous disadvantage and still continues to have a role in the ongoing colonial practices. The central position in this profession is delivering welfare services. These services include a system of child protection, provision of opportunities for social workers to be part in the construction of new and positive relationships between Aboriginal and the people of Torres Strait Island who are culturally collaborative and respectful (Young & Zubrzycki, 2011, p. 160). These relationships need conceptual foundations which should include the capacity of acknowledging white privilege so as to reflect the self in practice and, therefore, construct new methods that encompass the integration of western and indigenous systems of knowledge. This article clearly outlines a cogent argument on the introduction of significant Whiteness perspective in practice of social work. It includes a broad range of research that supports the discussion; a cross-cultural study of the practice of social work by the newly graduated practitioners. Social work in Australia The authors hold that the whiteness theory which is critical in order to help assist in development of indigenous social work. This whiteness theory is a core approach in social work curricula. This is critical to challenge the largely un-reflexive ongoing practices which emanate from the social works. These social works have euro-centric heritage that has knowledge often taken-for- granted and has principles that affect the indigenous people negatively. The theory of Critical Whiteness in the curriculum of social work offers a strong practical and conceptual opportunity for practitioners and students to become racially cognizant whilst in their work with
Social work in Australia 3 the indigenous people (Emma, 2012, p. 11). This allows this allows social work to be effective in the mission of social justice of the profession. It also helps to lessen some colonizing practices. This article highlights that on February 13 th in the year 2008 which was the first day of the nation’s parliament prime minister at that time honorable Kevin Rudd made a historic apology. This apology was directed towards the stolen generations. For over forty years, these indigenous Australians had been forcible removal from their families since the 1930s. This in accordance to brisk man was through assimilation policy that had been conducted through the collusion of officials with the inclusion of social workers. The dominant society was in the endeavor to destroy the Aboriginal culture, life ways, and, therefore, absorb them to Australia mainstream ways (Young & Zubrzycki, 2011, p. 164). This article points out that rather than
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