This collection charts the key developments in the social work field from 1970 to the present day and shows how by fully understanding social work’s past, we can make better progress for practitioners and service users in the future.
It brings together a broad collection of experts from across social work who trace how thinking and approaches to practice have changed over time, examine key legislative developments in the field, look at the impacts of major inquiries and consider the re-emergence of certain specialisms.
Providing students and practitioners of social work and social policy with a full picture of the evolution of social work, it also shares important insights for its future directions.
"This seminal text makes a rich and timely contribution to the literature of the history of Social Work in the UK, presenting a comprehensive overview of ‘the state we are in’."
Sue Taplin, The Open University
Terry Bamford (1948–2020) was a former Chair of the British Association of Social Workers and active in the field of social work for five decades.
Keith Bilton is a former Chair of the Social Work History Network.
Introduction ~ Terry Bamford
Social Work in 1970 ~ Keith Bilton
Social Services Departments: Success or Failure? ~ Terry Bamford
Regulation and Inspection of Social Work: Costly Distraction or Stimulus to Improve? ~ David N Jones
Continuity and Change in the Knowledge Base for Social Work ~ June Thoburn
Social Work Education: Learning From the Past? Hilary Tompsett
Practising Social Work ~ Guy Shennan
Looking Back, Looking Forward: Two Personal Views ~ Malcolm Jordan
From Clients as Fellow Citizens to Service Users as Co-producers of Social Work ~ Peter Beresford and Suzy Croft
The England and Wales Children Act 1989: The Highwater Mark of Progressive Reform? ~ Jane Tunstill and June Thoburn
Social Work with Offenders ~ Terry Bamford
The Impact of Scandal and Inquiries on Social Work and the Personal Social Services ~ Ray Jones
British Social Work: International Context and Perspectives ~ Karen Lyons
Afterword ~ Terry Bamford and Keith Bilton