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Children and Social Welfare: Recent Changes in England and their Implications for Social Work

Blyth, Eric (2005) Children and Social Welfare: Recent Changes in England and their Implications for Social Work. In: Taiwan Social Policy Society Conference, 23rd May 2005, National Taiwan University, Taiwan. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    I began my social work career in England in the early 1970s shortly after a major
    national reorganization of social work services. Formerly separate local authority
    Children’s and Welfare Departments – the latter primarily dealing with adults in need of
    social work and other welfare services - had been merged to form unified social work
    agencies. For the last thirty years these Social Services Departments have provided the
    main organizational basis for the provision of social work services for children. While
    some NGOs provide social work services to children in the UK, their overall role in the
    provision of social work services is considerably less than in Hong Kong. Other children’s
    social work services are provided by the education welfare or education social work
    services of local authority education departments, although the role of education
    welfare officers or education social workers is largely confined to dealing with truancy –
    and often in a law enforcement capacity - and there has been little success in
    developing a wider school social work role as would be recognisable in other countries .
    The main reason for sketching in this background is that this system is all about to
    change, so children’s social work in England is currently in a state of considerable
    turmoil

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Additional Information: Plenary paper at conference organized by Taiwan Social Policy Society, Taipei,, Taiwan Unions of Licensed Social Workers, and the Department of Social Work, National Taiwan University. 23 May 2005. Public lecture
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2011 15:47
    Last Modified: 04 Aug 2011 15:47
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/11157

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