Social Work Education Call for Papers

Special Issue: Young people and Social Work Education

Social Work Education

Aim of this special issue

The aim of this special issue is to analyze how the challenges facing young people or youth are addressed in the sphere of social work education. The European Union, through the “Youth on the Move” package of policy initiatives linked to the 2020 Strategy, places the focus on young people, whom it considers to be one of its top priorities. However, according to the survey European Youth in 2016 conducted by the European Parliament, only 59% of young Europeans believe that the education system is adapted to the demands of today’s society. Similar concerns have been expressed across the globe.

Different research projects have repeatedly demonstrated how young people are invisibilized and also how social services- and particularly the ones related to young people are designed in such a way that young users are conceived as passive subjects but never as active participants

So the main issues to be dealt with In this special issue try to meet these questions:

  • Are the demands of young people reflected in the field of social work education?
  • Do social work education programs contribute to the invisibility of youth?
  • In a society of digital natives, are young people prepared to intervene in online social networks?
  • Do social workers take part in professional social networks? To what extent are networks key to their work?
  • Are social workers appropriately trained both in the university and in lifelong learning programs to intervene in a digital world? In the demands of youth? In their ability to exert pressure and influence social policy?

All of these issues will be explored from an international, comparative perspective and interdisciplinary approach in order to contrast different projects and educational programs in the field of social work education and youth. The special issue we propose will contribute to the knowledge of the challenges facing youth in the field of social work education with a view to promoting educational programs aimed at young people in the field of social work and sharing experiences of good practices in social work intervention.

Submission Instructions

Abstracts should be sent to:

Prof. Emilio José Gómez Ciriano. Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca, Spain by November 15Th 2018 at the latest

First draft of accepted articles will be required by December 22th 2018.

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Emilio José Gómez Ciriano, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (
  • Guest Editor: Antonio López Peláez, National Distance Education University (UNED) (
  • Guest Editor: Francisco Javier García Castilla, National Distance Education University (UNED) (