If social work students are to flourish in their careers, and go beyond a basic sense of ‘competence’ in practice, it is essential to develop a sense of Professional Self. This book will help students develop critical understanding of their own social work practice, and the tools and skills required to become a professional social worker.

Fifty years of Professional Regulation in Social Work Education

Graham Ixer

Fifty years of Professional Regulation in Social Work Education

Fifty years of professional regulation in social work education
Graham Ixer


The role of regulation in England has attracted considerable political debate in the context of public policy over the previous decade, ranging from the high-profile issues which have emerged within the financial sector through to health and social care. In some cases the decision-making process has been driven by value for money considerations, including public spending cuts; in others it has been a response to perceived deficits in the quality of the respective workforce performance under scrutiny. In some cases there has been no clear evidence base for the decisions made by government.

However, whatever the merits or otherwise of the case, the change in the ...

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