The future of children's social work

The future of children's social work

We could say that social work for children is at the crossroads. Perhaps it has always been thus. At least in England. Here there is a lot of despondency about the profession, indeed there is much despondency about all of the professions. The challenges are well charted in the pages of this ebook. But there is also much innovation and development, and some commentators are highly optimistic about the future. We felt, therefore, that it was time to catch our breath, take stock and bring together a broad spectrum of social workers, their managers, government policy makers, and academics to report on their innovations, thoughts, research and other experiences. Most but not all of the contributors to this ebook are from the UK, and in the main they write about the situation in England. But the opportunities and challenges about which they write are, we know, alive internationally, even if they play out in different ways in different countries.

Being more human - why children's social care should be more about people and less about paper-work,Bringing back the social: the way forward for children’s social work?,Child protection in England: an emerging inequalities perspective,Children's social work at the crossroads,Does reflective supervision have a future in English local authority child and family social work?,Equipping the child welfare workforce to improve the well-being of children,From ‘silo’ to ‘network’ profession – a multi-professional future for social work,Future proofing child protection social work,In defence of a university social work education,Online video supervision for statutory youth caseworkers - a pilot study ,Outcomes in children’s social care,People and systems: reflections on the development of social work for children,Personal social services for children and families in the UK: a historical review ,Supporting practice: reflections on a career in children's social work,The contemporary refocusing of children’s services in England,The end of false choices ,The future of child protection may not be in local government,Turning the ship around: reflections on changing a nation's social work practice system in the interests of children and families

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