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Critical social work focuses on the idea that knowledge is power by endeavouring to understand the various social and systematic structures contributing to the oppression of individuals in society Healy 200527 When paired with indirect practice critical social work is focused on the application of critical knowledge in engagement with individuals groups and communities and aims to establish self-awareness through reflective practice to ensure that the knowledge and skills of practitioners are being used to meet the needs of service users Lewis 198719-20 There are many critical social work approaches which may be used when working indirectly with clients including feminism and post-modernism however this paper will focus on an anti-oppressive framework as my own personal approach to social workAs a future social worker my goal is to be able to work with individuals with a disability in the area of family restoration and preservation Reflecting upon assessment one the concept paper it was identified that people with a disability are often restricted from participating socially and therefore can be regarded as being oppressed Tremain 2001617 Oppression is commonly defined as an unjust use of authority held over a particular group in society Mullaly 200929 An anti-oppressive approach works with critical indirect practice to challenge this definition as it involves a dynamic process which forms itself upon the notion that oppression is structural systematic concealed and often unpremeditated Mullaly 200240-41 As a social worker working under AASW Guidelines I have both an ethical and legal responsibility to ensure that I am practicing in a way which challenges inequality disadvantage and oppression working under an anti-oppressive approach is one method of ensuring compliance with these guidelines AASW 201213 This is as like the ASW ethical guidelines an anti-oppressive approach consists of being open to service-users views incorporating these views in practice and being critical of how power and authority is used at structural and systematic levels to establish disadvantage Burke Harrison 2009217The
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