Disability, Social Justice and Human Rights: The Experience of the United Kingdom

Simcock, Peter and Lee, Caroline (2022) Disability, Social Justice and Human Rights: The Experience of the United Kingdom. In: Human Rights and Social Justice Key Issues and Vulnerable Populations. Routledge. ISBN 9780367628796

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Just as social work in disability settings is often overlooked in the academic and professional literature, so too has disability been marginalised by social activists, and the disability perspective on social justice ignored by policymakers. In this chapter, we maintain that social work practice framed within a social justice perspective has a positive contribution to make to the lives of disabled people. We explore what social justice means in the context of disability, before considering two particular social justice concerns facing disabled people: the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the phenomena of hate and mate crime. We then offer three suggestions for practice in disability settings: adopting a critical perspective to practice,; a focus on human rights,; and being an ally to the Disability Rights Movement.

Item Type: Book Section
31 October 2022Published
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-03 - social policy
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Education and Social Work
Depositing User: Peter Simcock
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2022 14:47
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2022 14:47
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13569

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