Journal Article

A Tale of Two Reports: Social Work in Scotland from <i>Social Work and the Community</i> (1966) to <i>Changing Lives</i> (2006)

Ian Brodie, Chris Nottingham and Stephen Plunkett

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 38, issue 4, pages 697-715
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
A Tale of Two Reports: Social Work in Scotland from Social Work and the Community (1966) to Changing Lives (2006)

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This paper identifies ‘key moments’ over a forty-year period of the history of Scottish social work, from the publication of Social Work and the Community in 1966 to the outcome of the 21st Century Review contained in Changing Lives of 2006. A recurring theme is the Scottish dimension, for social work in Scotland needs to be understood as distinct in many important respects from social work elsewhere in the UK. The paper traces the evolution of a vision - of a unified profession promoting social equality - underlying Social Work and the Community, arguing that its redefinition in Changing Lives represents both a departure from the earlier, radical aspirations and an opportunity for Scottish social workers to re-examine the question of professionalism.

Keywords: Scotland; vision; political context; continuity and change

Journal Article.  7393 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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