Call for papers- Animals in social work

The ways in which animals are used in social work or inform social work practice are very broad. The interventions with animals and social work include (but are not limited to):

  • Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) where the intervention intentionally includes an animal as part of the intervention process (eg medical assistant animals);
  • Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) where the animal is deliberately included in a therapeutic treatment plan;  
  • Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) this includes visits to rest homes, cat cafes etc – less formal activities primarily social in focus.
  • Family violence and risk assessment – non-accidental injuries to animals is often an indicator of violence in the home

Questions of interest to the editors include:

  • Are social workers using animals in their practice in any of the above ways?
  • Are practitioners including animals in ecological / psychosocial assessments?
  • Are professionals researching either use of animals in practice or the relationship between animal cruelty and domestic violence.
  • Are social workers involved in the assessment and allocation of assistance animals – guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs, diabetes and epilepsy alert dogs, assistance dogs (eg for children with ADHD, PTSD support dogs, disability assistance etc)

We will consider submissions in three formats (as per the author guidelines): full articles of 7000 words, research briefs, 3000 words, and shorter viewpoints or practice reflections of 2000 words. All articles are peer reviewed.

Submission of full articles due 15th June 2020 – see journal guidelines for more info  about requirements and for how to register a please submit on line at

Please contact special section editors Simon Lowe or Carole Adamson for more info