The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social work education and practice in the Netherlands

Authors Ed de Jonge , Raymond Kloppenburg , Peter Hendriks
Published in Social Work Education
Publication date 23 September 2020
Research groups Innovative Social Services
Type Article


During the first half of 2020, the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus had a huge global impact. The physical health of many was (often severely) threatened and affected, resulting in numerous deaths. Furthermore, all aspects of human coexistence came under pressure, such as economic activities and material living conditions, psychological well-being and social contacts, human rights and democratic decision-making, international political relations and global solidarity. As in other parts of the world, COVID-19 kept the Netherlands in its grip.In this article we would like to address the following questions:-What impact did pandemic and policy have on Dutch social work education and how was this experienced by students?-What was the impact of pandemic and policy on social work practices and what were its challenges for social professionals?-What does this all mean for the future of social work education, since it has to take the present concerns of students into account as well as prepare them for social work practice in the near future?

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Language English
Published in Social Work Education
Year and volume 39 8
Key words Blended learning, curriculum development, distance learning, E-learning, ethic and values, students, teaching, training
Digital Object Identifier 
Page range 1027-1036

Ed de Jonge

Ed de Jonge | Researcher | Innovative Social Services

Ed de Jonge

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Innovative Social Services