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The best and worst of times: reflections on the impact of radicalism on British social work education in the 1970s

Chris Jones

in Radical social work today

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428189
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303138 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428189.003.0003
The best and worst of times: reflections on the impact of radicalism on British social work education in the 1970s

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This chapter focuses on the impact of radicalism on social-work education in Britain during the 1970s, and how the state responded to such radicalism. The 1970s was an extraordinary decade for British social work, with repercussions that have decisively influenced its subsequent development. The decade opened with social work being rewarded with its own state agency, with social work and no longer medicine as the lead profession. It ended with a nationwide strike of social workers in targeted areas of the country. The British welfare state, which had enjoyed a period of unparalleled growth since 1948, became a significant site of action. The most decisive response to the issue of difficult and querulous social workers was the creation of the Certificate in Social Services in 1975 as a parallel qualification to the Certificate in Qualified Social Work.

Keywords: Britain; radicalism; social-work education; social work; social workers; welfare state; Social Services; Qualified Social Work

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