Journal Article

Social Work as a Social Institution

Ron Walton

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 5, pages 587-607
Published in print July 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Social Work as a Social Institution

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This paper discusses trends in social work in the last twenty-five years. Within the broad theme of social work as a social institution, more detailed attention is focused on: services for children and elderly people; manageralism; and social work research and evaluation. Processes of secularization, professionalism and manageralism have weakened the impetus for social reform. This has sharpened dilemmas for social work in balancing benefits for service users and public involvement with tight state control and regulation.

Keywords: social work; trends; manageralism; evaluation

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Subjects: Social Work

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