Review of the Literature on Integrated Social Work and Legal Practice
In Semester 2 of 2020, Master of Social Work students, Anushia Andrews and Lauren Tarver, completed a project-based Field Education 2 placement at the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women researching integrated practice, with a particular focus on social work support in community legal settings.
Integrated practice is growing as a service delivery model for community legal centres and in other legal settings and is an area in which social work is becoming more involved, as services embrace innovative ways to support people with multiple and complex needs.
Anushia and Lauren’s placement involved completing a literature review, which looks into integrated practice for social work service provision in community legal settings. It identifies existing research on integrated socio-legal collaborations and looks at areas such as benefits and challenges; models of integrated practice; integrated practice in tertiary education; principles for best practice; how COVID-19 impacted on integrated practice; and what gaps exist in the literature and areas for future research.