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date: 30 June 2022

Cultural Competencelocked

Cultural Competencelocked

  • Terry L. CrossTerry L. CrossNational Indian Child Welfare Association

Summary

Cultural competence emerged as a concept in the 1980s; took form as a set of organizational, educational, advocacy, policy, and practice constructs in the 1990s; and has since matured into a broad rubric that addresses social justice and service delivery quality, equity, access, and efficacy for people and groups of diverse backgrounds. Cultural competence, sometimes referred to as cultural competency, ethnic competence, cross-cultural competence, or multicultural competence, has become an essential element of social work at every level of the field, from direct practice to social policy. The history, literature, policy developments, controversies, and implications of cultural competence are discussed. The evolution of cultural competence and its role in social work is examined and summarized in this entry.

Subjects

  • Ethics and Values
  • Macro Practice
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

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