A systematic review of the roles of social workers in inclusive education for children with disabilities

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-51
Journal / PublicationInternational Social Work
Issue number1
Online published25 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


International and local communities have made commitments to ensure that children with disabilities have equal opportunities in education, just like their non-disabled counterparts. Regardless of the increasing research about the development of inclusive education for children with disabilities, inclusive education is not achieved. This calls for a focus on what other professionals, like social workers, can contribute to the successful implementation of inclusive education. A systematic review yielding 11 studies revealed that social workers perform well-known generalist practitioner roles like advocacy, collaboration, education, facilitation and provider of psychosocial support which emphasises the need to involve social workers in inclusive schools.

Research Area(s)

  • Children with disabilities, inclusive education, mainstream schools, social worker roles, systematic review