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Thu 05 May

Social Work Practice Guidance for Working with Muslim Families & Working with Cultural Ambassadors

12.30 - 2.00pm


€5 IASW members/€25 non-members

Speaker Bios

Karima Khadidja Abbes is a final year Master of Social Work Student at University College Dublin (UCD) and a member of the IASW anti-racism advisory group. She recently completed her dissertation titled: ‘Muslim Families and Child Protection Services: Challenges and Best Practice Guidance for Social Workers’.  Speaking from her lived experience of being a Muslim and of working with ethnic minority families Karima will share invaluable insights on working with Muslim families.  Such insights are essential given the multicultural and multi-religious practice context of social work today. 

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Flora Okobi is the Coordinator of Culture Connect a migrant led organisation, which works to promote the integration of people from different countries. Flora will give a presentation of their new   Cultural Ambassador’s programme and how their trained cultural ambassadors can support social workers in their work with ethnic minority families. You can check out Culture Connect’s website here


Aim of CPD Event and Learning Outcomes

This webinar is part of the CPD programme of the IASW Anti-Racism Strategic Plan 2021-2023.

The session aims to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of the Muslim community and identify ways social workers can approach practice with Muslim families to ensure best practice
  • Increase of the impact of the racism and discrimination experienced by Muslim families and identify anti-racist strategies to support such families
  • Reflect on how societal attitudes/ beliefs regarding Muslims can filter into practice and discuss ways of challenging them