Personal reflections on 30 years of social work development in China


Dominelli L (2020) Personal reflections on 30 years of social work development in China. China Journal of Social Work, 13 (1), pp. 102-109.

China has developed modern social work over the past 30 years, introducing new theories and models of good practice that have been drawn from diverse parts of globe. It has also made extensive contributions to disaster interventions based on its engagement in numerous calamities that have affected the population in China, including the devastating Wenchuan earthquake of 2008. More recently, its dynamic leaders have supported the development of social work in other Asian countries. I have been privileged to have developed a long-standing relationship with China, its culture and its history for many decades, even before I became a social worker. My social work colleagues have honoured me by strengthening this interest by providing many opportunities to walk alongside them. This article considers my personal reflections on a profession’s development through momentous world events, and China rightly deserves to celebrate its 30 years of growth and development.

Disaster social work; Wenchuan earthquake; China; reciprocated learning; dialogical sharing; modern social work; professional development; coproduction

China Journal of Social Work: Volume 13, Issue 1

Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online13/05/2020
Date accepted by journal09/04/2020