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Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare States: Policies, Services and Professional Practices

Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson, and Marek Perlinski


This book discusses current social and caring welfare professions and their practices in a number of European countries in a comprehensive and structured way. It presents research-based knowledge in order to offer insights into the current practices of social and caring welfare professions in countries with different cultural, social and political contexts, as well as deeper knowledge about the subtle, dynamic, affective and interactive aspects of professional work. This challenges the view that social and caring welfare professionals’ work concentrates on rational use of knowledge. The book a ... More

Keywords: social professions, caring professions, knowledge, identities, government control, collaboration, competition, decision-making

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447327196
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Björn Blom, editor
Umeå University

Lars Evertsson, editor
Umeå University

Marek Perlinski, editor
Umeå University

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One European social and caring professions in transition

Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski

Part 1: Knowledge, reflection and identity in the social and caring welfare professions

Two The impact of education on professional identity

Kåre Heggen and Lars Inge Terum

Four Professional supervision and professional autonomy

Synnöve Karvinen-Niinikoski, Liz Beddoe, Gillian Ruch and Ming-sum Tsui

Part 2 Control, regulation and management

Five Reconfiguring professional autonomy? The case of social work in the UK

John Chandler, Elisabeth Berg, Marion Ellison and Jim Barry

Six Auditing and accountability

Anders Hanberger, Lena Lindgren and Lennart Nygren

Part 3 Collaboration, conflict and competition

Ten The professional development of social work in Poland after 1989

Sabina Pawlas-Czyz, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski

Twelve Challenges of municipal community work

Witold Mandrysz, Marek Perlinski and Lars Evertsson

Part 4 Assessment, negotiation and decision making

Thirteen On the unnoticed aspects of professional practice

Rasmus Antoft, Kjeld Høgsbro, Maria Appel Nissen and Søren Peter Olesen

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