The advocacy function of social worker served in indigenous family and woman service centers in Taiwan

Indigenous peoples lived in remote areas are marginalized and discriminated against, and their living condition and development opportunity is limited. The Council of Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan has long recognized their disadvantage status, and has been eager to set up service center in each indigenous township to provide concerning and care for the most disadvantage groups. National Dong Hwa University has hosted the in-service training and supervisory program since 2007. Quality of services and cultural competence were the core of in-service training program in 2007. However, from critical social work perspective, the primary function of these centers is not to redeem the shortage of welfare service in remote areas, or to deliver the service themselves. The primary function is to identify the unequal distribution of social welfare, education, medical, economic and political resources in remote areas, and to remove the barriers that excluded the most vulnerable from using services. Materials from government document and in-depth interview with social workers and residents will be gathered to elaborate this. We suggest that critical thinking together with advocacy skill should be the core of in-service training for indigenous social worker in those centers.