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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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Activation work as professional practice: complexities and professional boundaries at the street level of employment policy implementation

Activation work as professional practice: complexities and professional boundaries at the street level of employment policy implementation

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(p.237) Sixteen Activation work as professional practice: complexities and professional boundaries at the street level of employment policy implementation
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Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare States
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Urban Nothdurfter

Søren Peter Olesen

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327196.003.0016

In several European countries there is an increasing trend within social and labour market policy to implement employment-oriented policies. In some countries, this turn towards employment has opened up a new professional arena for social workers, so called employment-oriented social work. The chapter examines the challenges that this development has brought to the social work profession, especially in regard to how knowledge and decision-making is negotiated in relation to clients and other professions within the same policy arena. The chapter is based on Danish, Italian and Austrian data including register data, semi-structured interviews, observations and sound recordings.

Keywords:   employment oriented social work, social work, labour market policy, clients, social workers

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