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Social Policy and Welfare PluralismSelected Writings of Robert Pinker$
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John Offer and Robert Pinker

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323556

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323556.001.0001

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Report of the Working Party on the Role and Tasks of Social Workers: an alternative view

Report of the Working Party on the Role and Tasks of Social Workers: an alternative view

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(p.123) Six Report of the Working Party on the Role and Tasks of Social Workers: an alternative view*
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Social Policy and Welfare Pluralism
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Robert Pinker

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447323556.003.0009

In this chapter, Robert Pinker explains the main reasons for his dissent to the Report of the Working Party on the Role and Tasks of Social Workers, also known as the Barclay Report. The working party, headed by Peter Barclay, was established in 1980 ‘to review the role and tasks of social workers in local authority social services departments and related voluntary agencies in England and Wales and to make recommendations’. The Barclay Report argued that social work was necessary, but urged a new emphasis on ‘community social work’. Pinker was opposed to the neighbourhood social care model proposed by Roger Hadley and the community social work model. He argues that the report's proposal was a prescription for managerial chaos. Pinker concludes with a discussion of the implications of the Barclay Report for the education and training of social workers.

Keywords:   social work, Robert Pinker, Barclay Report, Peter Barclay, social workers, community social work, Roger Hadley, neighbourhood social care, education

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