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Modernising social work

John Harris and Vicky White

in Modernising social work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420060
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302827 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420060.003.0001
Modernising social work

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Over the last decade, New Labour's modernisation agenda for social work has produced a barrage of changes, the pace and scale of which have, at times, seemed to pose formidable challenges for everyone involved in social work, whether as service users, practitioners, or managers. Those changes have been part of a much wider reform project across the economy and society, driven by how New Labour sees the place of the United Kingdom in the contemporary world. The focus of New Labour's sweeping vision of change has been predominantly future directed; its appeal, or sometimes – more accurately – coercion, to get on board with the changes it has proposed, has been pitched around portrayals of desirable destinations to be reached. This book picks up on significant strands in New Labour's modernisation agenda for social work, organising them around three main subject areas: modernisation and managerialism, modernisation and service users, and modernisation and professional practice.

Keywords: United Kingdom; New Labour; modernisation; social work; managerialism; service users; professional practice

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