Asian Social Work Journal https://msocialwork.com/index.php/aswj <p>Asian Social Work Journal (ASWJ)&nbsp;is an international social work journal,&nbsp;double-blind peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by the Secholian Publication PLT. The journal focuses on the following social work topics: social work theory, social work method, social work practice, and field of social work. It provides an academic platform for professionals and researchers (social work educator and social workers) to contribute innovative in the field of social work.</p> Asian Social Work Journal en-US Asian Social Work Journal 0128-1577 Children's Health and Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Japan https://msocialwork.com/index.php/aswj/article/view/164 <p>The COVID-19 has caused challenges at all levels of society. It is necessary to, while carefully looking at impact that COVID-19 will have on children's health and well-being, and to steadily implement social work services accordingly. This paper highlights some key challenges and concerns for health and well-being on children and adolescents in Japan during COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this paper is to consider how the COVID-19 pandemic and the policy taken to mitigating the risk of COVID-19 have impacted children in Japan. In conclusion, we are not saying that COVID-19 policy responses such as school closures overall are ineffective for mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. However, as we have seen, school closing policy is likely to have a negative impact on children’s health and well-being such as increased risks of mental health, abuse and suicide. The important point is that these impacts is not the impact of COVID-19 but the impact of the policy responses to COVID-19. The policy responses are likely to lead to a range of unexpected impacts and results. Therefore, policy makers, social workers and other professionals always should consider for the impact of policy responses to COVID-19 on children and adolescents.</p> Naoki Nakamura ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2021-05-02 2021-05-02 6 2 1 8 10.47405/aswj.v6i2.164 The Routes of Migration: A Multifaceted Evidences from India https://msocialwork.com/index.php/aswj/article/view/155 <p>This article examines the trend and patterns of migration in India. Internal and international migration occurs in search of survival, fulfilment, and a better life. Over the last few decades, major driving forces for urbanisation all over the world and is of concern in Asia due to the raising magnitude. Hence, Due to urbanization and globalization generate enormous opportunities for employment and livelihood for people in the country. The large numbers of people moving internal migration as well as international migration in the different part of the countryside. Thus, the article discussed some of the important theoretical underpinnings of the issue of migration as reflected from India. However, this paper would orient towards the protection of labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments of the migrant workers, which will be a key to achieving the agenda of Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) 2030.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Praveen Naik Bellampalli Yadava Neelam ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2021-05-02 2021-05-02 6 2 9 19 10.47405/aswj.v6i2.155 Understanding the Efficacy of Bhutan’s First Ever Certificate Course in Social Work https://msocialwork.com/index.php/aswj/article/view/159 <p>With the transition of political, economic and social scenario in Bhutan, the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have been expanding over the years. Bhutan has more than forty registered CSOs and the numbers are still growing. However, paucity of trained social workers in Bhutan has compelled the CSOs to recruit employees with varying degrees. To mitigate this, Samtse College of Education (SCE) of the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) launched Bhutan’s first ever certificate course in social work. So far, two cohorts of participants have been trained. This study was designed to understand the efficacy of Bhutan’s first ever certificate course in social work from the vantage point of the participants. It adopted a convergent parallel mixed method design, primarily employing questionnaires and semi-structured individual interviews. The study found the certificate course to be highly effective in enhancing the professional competence of the social workers in Bhutan. It is believed to have been an “eye-opening experience” for most social workers who ventured into this profession, without relevant training. The study recommends SCE and RUB to provide similar certificate courses to the thousands to untrained social workers in Bhutan.&nbsp;</p> Ramesh Kumar Chhetri Sangay Wangchuk ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2021-05-02 2021-05-02 6 2 20 30 10.47405/aswj.v6i2.159