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Nigeria to the UK

Authored by: Larry Amadi-Emina

The Routledge Handbook of Service User Involvement in Human Services Research and Education

Print publication date:  August  2020
Online publication date:  August  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138360143
eBook ISBN: 9780429433306
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429433306-24

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Abstract

In this chapter, Larry reflects on his experiences as a trained social worker coming from Nigeria and settling in the UK with his family. Insight is presented into the different ways in which Nigerian and UK societies view social workers and support people’s human rights. His experience as a participant in a Mend the Gap programme reveals new insight into how cultural barriers can be removed to help address people’s difficulties and feelings of shame and stigma. Larry concludes that social workers have a key role as advocates for families who are divided by their age and status by Government policy.

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