Community Practice, Fostering Participation, and Human Rights

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Rights-Based Approaches to Social Work book series (SBHRSWP)


This chapter reviews key themes made in the first four chapters, each of which urged community social workers to consider the consonance of social work values with human rights. The authors reaffirm the importance of applying key human rights principles to community practice, including respect for dignity, autonomy, and agency; non-discrimination and equality; transparency and access to information; accountability; and empowerment. The authors highlight other proactive arenas for rights-based mobilization, looking beyond health care, housing, and food as human rights concerns. In particular, they emphasize the importance of fostering participation of community groups and building familiarity with human rights norms and standards as critical to promoting human rights in community practice.


Racial Discrimination Community Practice Social Work Practice Moral Courage Special Rapporteur 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of ConnecticutWest HartfordUSA

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