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Bob Holman, 1936-: A child care participant living through the changes

Bob Holman

in Champions for children

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861343536
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301653 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343536.003.0007
Bob Holman, 1936-: A child care participant living through the changes

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Bob Holman has had a personal life and a social-work career that has coincided with the major social-welfare events in Britain in the last fifty years of the twentieth century. During World War II, he was called up for national service in the Royal Air Force, a development that was a turning point for him. As a member of the Association of Child Care Officers, Holman joined its campaign in support of the Children and Young Persons Act of 1963. In 1967, he went to the University of Birmingham as a lecturer in social work. It was in Birmingham that Holman came face to face with poverty. In 1974, he was invited to apply for the new chair of social policy at the University of Bath. In 1976, Holman and his family moved a couple of miles to a house alongside the Southdown Council Estate, where he got involved in a community child-care project.

Keywords: Bob Holman; child care; social work; Britain; Royal Air Force; Child Care Officers; Young Persons Act; University of Birmingham; University of Bath; Southdown Council Estate

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