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Reflections from the ‘frontline’: social workers' experiences of post-qualifying child care training and their current work practices in the new children's services

Masson, Helen, Frost, Nick and Parton, Nigel (2008) Reflections from the ‘frontline’: social workers' experiences of post-qualifying child care training and their current work practices in the new children's services. Journal of Children's Services, 3 (3). pp. 54-64. ISSN 1746-6660

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    Abstract

    In the context of current developments in children's services in the UK and increased emphasis on workforce development, the authors describe a survey of successful completers of a Post-qualifying (PQ) Child Care Award Programme, one of 18 such programmes in England that ran between 2001 and 2006/7. The survey's aims were twofold: first, to gather the respondents' overall evaluations of their PQ training and information about their past and current work circumstances; and second, to explore their knowledge and opinions on the latest developments in children's services in relation to their own work practices. The findings from the survey are outlined under four themes, which are then discussed in relation to other relevant studies, reviews on the role and tasks of social workers and current developments associated with the Every Child Matters agenda and the integrated workforce. Concerns are raised about whether social work professionalism is being effectively utilised within the current children's services arrangements.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
    H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 13 May 2009 12:10
    Last Modified: 19 Jul 2012 12:10
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4311

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