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Investigating the influence of the Catholic Church on social work in the Philippines: An exploration of policy, practice and education
International Social Work  (IF1.349),  Pub Date : 2021-09-23, DOI: 10.1177/00208728211031974
Carmela Otarra, Catherine Flynn

Despite historical and current connections between the Catholic Church and social work in the Philippines, studies investigating these connections have been limited. Using an exploratory research design, this study examined this relationship by drawing on existing documents: legislation; curricula and minimum standards for social work programmes; course syllabi; the Code of Ethics; and textbooks. Three themes emerged in the analysis, offering tentative explanations for the Church’s widespread influence: religion as embedded in Filipino life; the Catholic Church and Catholic-based organisations as key partners in the delivery of social services; and the intersection of Catholic teachings, social work principles and Filipino values.