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Developing cultural competence as a framework for anti-heterosexist social work practice : reflections from the UK.

Charnley, H. M. and Langley, J. (2007) 'Developing cultural competence as a framework for anti-heterosexist social work practice : reflections from the UK.', Journal of social work., 7 (3). pp. 307-321.


This article examines the continuing marginalization of sexual orientation in social work practice. Taking the findings and recommendations of a small scale exploratory study as our starting point, we review United Kingdom (UK) research on social work and sexual orientation and illustrate the contradictions and constraints in implementing effective strategies for change. We explore the potential of cultural competence as a framework for developing anti-heterosexist practice. • Findings: Current cultural competence frameworks have potential for developing anti-heterosexist practice through attention to awareness and understanding of attitudes, knowledge and skills. But they are limited by weak attention to underpinning theory, to the application of principles in practice, the complex reality of multi-cultural membership and the application of cultural competence at an organizational level. • Applications : These findings have utility for social work students, educators and trainers, for the development of professional standards, for social work practice and supervision, and for organizations in creating inclusive learning and working environments and resisting heterosexism in social work.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Citizenship culture, Cultural competence, Sexual orientation, Social exclusion.
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Record Created:27 Jan 2009
Last Modified:10 Aug 2015 16:08

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