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Social work: The rise and fall of a profession?

Steve Rogowski


Social work, once the rising star of the human-service-delivery professions, has increasingly come under attack from politicians and the media, often following child-abuse tragedies and particularly after the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979. Subsequently, private-sector managerialism was introduced both to control what social workers do and how they do it, as well as to reduce public expenditure. They had to cope with increased bureaucracy and were given stringent targets aimed at rationing resources, leading to deprofessionalisation, with organisations', rather than users', needs now do ... More

Keywords: social work, politicians, media, child abuse, managerialism, Margaret Thatcher, social workers, public expenditure, bureaucracy, deprofessionalisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781847424488
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Rogowski, author