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The relevance of emotional bonding as part of the social worker’s relationship with sex workers (SWs) incl. those using drugs as clients of prevention outreach service

von Tzvetina Arsova Netzelmann

The participatory research project idea grew out of a currently implemented EU-project (EU Justice Programme), coordinated by the SPI Forschung, where I work as a scientific associate. Called WEDworks: “Women, ethnic minorities, drug-help services: What makes a difference?” it combines qualitative, partly participatory research with prevention interventions for an improved gender-responsive focus of the drug-help services and a better interlink with health/ social support services. The main beneficiaries of the project, implemented for two years in five CEE countries are women and SWs using drugs, as well as youth from ethnic minority communities. The project’s co-actors are helping professionals from drug and HIV prevention services ie, social workers, psychologists, medical doctors, nurses, service users and community representatives. Two research ideas were developed by my colleague Joyce Dreezens-Fuhrke and me, which implementation was possible not least due to the financing of WEDworks.

Upon needs assessment brainstorming, eliciting and ranking of topics the real team’s theme and research questions were defined:

  • How do we define and keep the boundaries of our team?
  • What do we allow and what not?
  • What is our relation with our clients: are we ‘friends’ with them?
  • How can we draw the line between a client-friendly service and getting friends?