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Prime Minister praises social workers, but aims to downplay social work’s intellectual demands

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I’ve been busy with other things, so little blogging recently, but I just had to point out the Prime Minister’s praise of social workers in his party conference speech yesterday, leading to applause of social workers and the difficult tasks they undertook from the audience.

However, let’s not get naive. This was in the context of the new training scheme that the government has set up to avoid bright people having to go to university to become qualified social workers.

This is all of a piece with a long history of our politicians seeing social work as mainly a practical task rather than being intellectually demanding, and requiring a very broad knowledge and understanding of quite a wide range of social issues. There are always demands to put this or that area of knowledge into social work education, and at the same time this nonsense about all you have to be is a practical person.

Link to Guardian article on Cameron’s praise of social workers and their difficult decisions

Link to Martin Kettle’s Comment article

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Written by Malcolm Payne

3 October 2013 at 11:13 am

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