‘Never mind the mechanics, what about the (sexual) ethics?’ Sex, sexuality and social work education in sexual violence prevention

Oak, Eileen, Jülich, Shirley and Morton, Sarah (2020) ‘Never mind the mechanics, what about the (sexual) ethics?’ Sex, sexuality and social work education in sexual violence prevention. Social Work Education, 39 (5). pp. 617-635. ISSN 0261-5479

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2020.1711880


This paper examines the efficacy of sexual violence prevention education (SVPE) in the USA and Australasia: areas, which have some of the worst rates for sexual violence prevalence, globally. Paradoxically, they are also at the forefront of innovations in sexual violence prevention, compared to some European countries where SVPE is virtually non-existent or at the embryonic stage, such as the UK. Drawing upon the Authors’ previous research on the delivery of SVPE in New Zealand secondary schools, and literature reviews into these innovations, the authors argue that social work education is ideally placed to develop SVPE, due to the ways that some of these innovations, coalesce with social work theory, critical andragogy, and social work values. These synergies have the potential for transnational application through the ways that they can inform SVPE in those countries where it is delivered by social workers in schools, and via the ways it can enhance the social work curriculum to improve post-qualifying practice in addressing sexual violence (SV).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: SVPE, sexual violence, primary prevention, sexual ethics, rapport à soi, social work education
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
L500 Social Work
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2020 14:33
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2020 08:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41946

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