This is the first comprehensive book that provides accessible, international knowledge for practitioners, students and academics about social work in health emergencies and spans fields of practice across world regions with particular reference to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Divided into three sections:

Regional, Historical and Social Work Perspectives takes a journey through world regions during the first six months of the pandemic as it unfolded, explores the lessons found in the history of pandemics and situates public health social work practice in the values of the profession. Situating the diversity of challenges and opportunities in context, in turn, influences current and future social work practice.

Social Work Practice, Issues and Responses explores social work practice innovations and responses across eleven key practice fields. International authors feature social work responses during the COVID-19 health emergency from different regions of the world.

Preparing for the Future analyses broader concepts, innovations and the implications for future practices as social work enters a new era of service delivery. The 20 chapters explore the convergence of pandemic, politics and planet which is critiqued within a framework of the profession’s ethics and values of human dignity, human rights and social justice. Social work’s place in public health is firmly situated and built on the premise that the value social work brings to the table deserves recognition and should be documented to inform the development of the profession and future practice and how social work must carry lessons forward to prepare for the next pandemic. 

The book is relevant to a wide range of audiences, including practitioners, educators and students in social work, human services, international development and public health, as well as policy makers and researchers. 


chapter 1|32 pages

Introducing Social Work in Health Emergencies

ByPatricia Fronek, Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares, Jonathan Dickens

part I|92 pages

Regional, historical and social work perspectives

chapter 342|61 pages

Regions of the World and the Covid-19 Health Emergency

ByPatricia Fronek, Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares, Jianqiang Liang, Wanchai Roujanavong, Myung Hun Kim, Sungmin Kim, Yanuar Farida Wismayanti, Gokul Mandayam, Antonio López Peláez, Roberta Di Rosa, Jonathan Dickens, Nicoleta Neamțu, Mădălina Hideg, Claudia Fonseca, Carmen Monico, Renie Rondon-Jackson, Gidraph G. Wairire, Janestic Mwende Twikirize, Dorothee Hölscher, Corlie Giliomee, Taghreed Abu Sarhan, Nadia C. Badran, Tarek Zidan, Sareh Rotabi, Lynne Briggs

chapter 3|16 pages

Lessons from Pandemic History

ByMatthew C. Ward

chapter 4|13 pages

Human Dignity

ByDonna McAuliffe, Hilary N. Weaver, Sharon E. Moore, Robert Common

part II|166 pages

Social work practice, issues and responses

chapter 1265|12 pages

Hospital Social Work during the Second Wave in Canada

ByBarbara Muskat, Shelley Craig, Deepy Sur, Alexa Kirkland

chapter 6|16 pages

Child Protection and Health Emergencies in Botswana

ByThabile A. Samboma

chapter 7|15 pages

Family Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic

ByLouise Harms, Eliza Crossley, Elyssa Hudson, Connie Kellett, Lauren Kosta

chapter 8|18 pages

Families and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Perspectives from the UK
ByGabriela Misca, Janet Walker, Gemma Thornton

chapter 9|13 pages

Disability and Health Emergencies

ByTarek Zidan

chapter 10|15 pages

Ageism, Older People and COVID-19

ByMalcolm Payne

chapter 11|17 pages

Impacts of Global Pandemics on People on the Move

ByJustin S. Lee, Carmen Monico

chapter 12|11 pages

Mental Health Social Work in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 Pandemic

ByChing-Wen Chang, Marcus Chiu

chapter 13|17 pages

Urban Homelessness

Housing and health equity during health emergencies
ByElizabeth Bowen, Nicole Capozziello

chapter 14|16 pages

The New Social Services

Organising community during ecosocial health crises
ByJoel Izlar

chapter 15|14 pages

Challenges and Innovations in Field Education in Australia, New Zealand and the United States

ByLynne Briggs, Jane Maidment, Kathryn Hay, Kai Medina-Martinez, Renie Rondon-Jackson, Patricia Fronek

part III|44 pages

Preparing for the future

chapter 29216|13 pages

Social Innovation as the Need of the Hour in Health Emergencies

ByGokul Mandayam, Samuel Ochieng, Kelley Bunkers, Siân Long, Yoko Kobayashi, Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares

chapter 17|13 pages

Preparing for the Next Health Emergency

ByPatricia Fronek, Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares

chapter 18|16 pages

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

ByPatricia Fronek, Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares

part IV|20 pages

Bonus chapters

chapter 33619|10 pages

SARS-CoV-2 in Wildlife

Q&A with Alan B. Franklin
ByAlan B. Franklin

chapter 20|8 pages


Q&A with Peter C. Doherty
ByPeter C. Doherty