Two social workers from the UK have embarked on an eight-day trip to the occupied Palestinian territories, to observe and share theories and methods of practice with social workers in Bethlehem, Ramallah and East Jerusalem.
During the trip, Henry and Dave will visit Qortoba School, which has been cut off from its community in the wake of Israeli settlers occupying the area. They will also shadow members of the Palestinian Union of Social Workers and Psychologists (PUSWP) and attend a two-day conference hosted by Defence for Children International (DCI) in Ramallah.
Dave is an adoption social worker for a voluntary agency and Henry is a senior practitioner in a children and families duty team. Dave is hoping to further his knowledge of working with children who have suffered traumas and Henry is hoping to compare and contrast child protection strategies with our Palestinian colleagues.
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