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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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The professional development of social work in Poland after 1989

The professional development of social work in Poland after 1989

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(p.147) Ten The professional development of social work in Poland after 1989
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Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare States
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Sabina Pawlas-Czyz

Lars Evertsson

Marek Perlinski

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327196.003.0010

The close connection to the welfare state has been favourable for the development of many welfare professions. But the state does not always act as an ally. It can push professions in a direction they do not want to go. This happened to the social work profession in Poland where the social work profession claimed jurisdiction for working with children and families with complex needs, but the state chose to give jurisdiction to a new profession – the family assistants. In this chapter, it is argued that this type of jurisdictional dispute should be framed within a political framework, analysing welfare policies as a structuring link between state and professional jurisdiction. The “fate” of the social work profession in Poland reflects a lack of bargaining capacity vis-à-vis the state to tie social policies concerning social work with children and families to their jurisdiction.

Keywords:   social work, family assistants, Poland, welfare state, jurisdiction, welfare policies

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