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Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare StatesPolicies, Services and Professional Practices$
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Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson, and Marek Perlinski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327196

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327196.001.0001

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European social and caring professions in transition

European social and caring professions in transition

Chapter:
(p.1) One European social and caring professions in transition
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Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare States
Author(s):

Björn Blom

Lars Evertsson

Marek Perlinski

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327196.003.0001

This chapter describes the background, the aim and the content of the book. It gives a short introduction to social and caring professions in Europe, and argues that they have undergone considerable changes during recent decades, and are in a stage of transition. The chapter introduces four questions that make up the starting-point for this book. How are social and caring welfare professionals’ identity influenced by education, work experience and supervision? How are social and caring welfare professions affected by governance, regulation and control by the state? How are social and caring welfare professions affected by collaboration, conflict and competition with other welfare professions? How do social and caring welfare professionals, in practice, assess and make decisions in their work with clients and patients?

Keywords:   social professions, caring professions, transition, Europe, welfare, caring

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