Social work in England at a watershed - as always: From the Seebohm report to the social work task force

Dickens, Jonathan (2011) Social work in England at a watershed - as always: From the Seebohm report to the social work task force. British Journal of Social Work, 41 (1). pp. 22-39. ISSN 0045-3102

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Abstract

The final report of the Social Work Task Force in 2009 described social work in England as being at a ‘watershed’. The term has been used for an earlier period of scrutiny and reform, the 1968 Seebohm report and the subsequent creation of local authority social services departments and a unified social work profession. This paper draws out messages from that the earlier period for the current reform programme, focusing on the political and organisational aspects. It argues that the nature of social work is that it is always ‘in the middle’. Whatever the proposals and promises, they will not, cannot, solve the fundamental challenges of the job. Social work's complex, sometimes contradictory roles and tasks mean that change is always work in progress, never a task achieved.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
Depositing User: Nicole Ranaweera
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2011 15:36
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 01:23
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/21352
DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcq112

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