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Social work on trial: The Colwell Inquiry and the state of welfare

Ian Butler


The public inquiry that followed the death of Maria Colwell had profound implications for the developing profession and practice of social work in the United Kingdom. This book describes the politics, professional concerns and public interest — both local and national — that surrounded the inquiry and its aftermath, and shows how the concerns of this landmark child abuse case have still failed to find a satisfactory resolution today. Social work, then and now, remains ‘on trial’.

Keywords: public inquiry, Maria Colwell, social work, politics, professional concerns, public interest, child abuse, United Kingdom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781847428684
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Butler, author