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The professionalisation of social work?

Steve Rogowski

in Social work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424488
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424488.003.0005
The professionalisation of social work?

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This chapter chronicles the changes in the professional education and training of social workers in Britain over the past 40 years, culminating in the introduction of the social-work degree and post-qualification awards under New Labour. Arguments often centre on the increased professionalisation required in today's complex, (post)modern world. However, employer involvement in training and the introduction of competences models have challenged social work's professional autonomy and prepared social workers for working in more regulated and regulating ways. Some argue that this provides more opportunities as social work adapts to a more diverse welfare system that has less professional dominance and more accountability in both welfare and education systems. At best, this is an optimistic view, with one only having to look at developments following New Labour's ‘modernisation’ agenda.

Keywords: New Labour; social work; Britain; professional education; training; social workers; professionalisation; modernisation; welfare

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