Christine Fejo-King and Linda Briskman examine the complex relationship between social work and Indigenous peoples in Australia. They observe that in recent years social work has begun to retheorise its practice to engage more effectively with Indigenous peoples, to incorporate Indigenous knowledge and to adopt a more political approach for change. At the same time, however, they also note that while the profession is moving forward in partnership, policy imposition that acts against Indigenous interests is increasing. In this chapter, they examine the impact of the policy domain on Indigenous communities and consider how social workers can adopt critical anticolonialist frameworks that can influence social change in the spheres of direct practice, advocacy, research and policy.
Critical social work: theories and practices for a socially just world, second edition / June Allan, Linda Briskman and Bob Pease (eds.),
chapter 8, pp. 105-116