ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
by Sue Watling and Jim Rogers, http://www.guardian.co.uk
The internet has become part of daily life for the majority of UK citizens and social work education and practice has been influenced by these shifts to lifestyles and ways of working. At a time when an internet connection is considered essential and health and welfare services are adopting ‘digital by default’ policies and practices, new categories of exclusion are being created.
Government research suggests over eight million people are digitally disconnected.
Many more experience problems with inaccessible website design. Social work, with its focus on empowerment and inclusion, is used to dealing with barriers to participation but embedding digital literacy has never been more crucial.
Read more about how a “well informed and digitally savvy social worker can bring net benefit to individual lives” via Why social work students need to be careful about online identities | Social care network | Guardian Professional.