European Perspectives on Social Work: Models of education and professional roles

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Boddy, Janet ; Statham, June ; Nuffield Foundation (2009)
  • Publisher: Nuffield Foundation
  • Subject: L1 | HV0040 | H1 | LB1775
    mesheuropmc: humanities

Comparative research undertaken by the Thomas Coram Research Unit found that social workers in England have more responsibility and a wider remit than many of their continental European counterparts.\ud \ud Social workers in England have responsibility for all aspects of case management and direct contact with families, but in much of continental Europe these responsibilities are split between several different highly-trained professionals. \ud \ud In England, most direct work with children and families is undertaken by support staff, many of whom have no specialist qualifications. In Denmark, Germany and France, most of this work is undertaken by professionals highly qualified in therapeutic and direct work, working alongside social workers. \ud \ud The report’s authors, Dr Janet Boddy and Professor June Statham, called for a fundamental reassessment of what social workers can and should be expected to do.
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