W(h)ither the academy? An exploration of the role of university social work in shaping the future of social work in Europe

Webber, M., Hardy, M., Cauvain, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-7890-2977, Kääriäinen, A., Satka, M., Yliruka, L. and Shaw, I., 2014. W(h)ither the academy? An exploration of the role of university social work in shaping the future of social work in Europe. European Journal of Social Work, 17 (5), pp. 627-640. ISSN 1369-1457

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Abstract

A controversial proposal to pilot the training of child protection social workers through an intensive work-based route in England is being supported and funded by the UK Government. Frontline, the brainchild of a former teacher, locates social work training within local authorities (‘the agency’) rather than university social work departments (‘the academy’) and has stimulated debate amongst social work academics about their role in shaping the direction of the profession. As a contribution to this debate, this paper explores the duality of social work education, which derives its knowledge from both the academic social sciences and the experience of practice within social work agencies. While social work education has traditionally been delivered by the academy, this paper also explores whether the delivery of training in the allied professions of probation and nursing by ‘the agency’ is equally effective. Finally, this paper explores the Helsinki model which achieves a synergy of ‘academy’ and ‘agency’. It suggests that there are alternative models of social work education, practice and research which avoid dichotomies between the ‘academy’ and the ‘agency’ and enable the profession to be shaped by both social work academics and practitioners.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Kuihtuuko akateeminen? Tutkimus yliopistollisesta sosiaalityöstä eurooppalaisen sosiaalityön tulevaisuuden tekijänä
Publication Title: European Journal of Social Work
Creators: Webber, M., Hardy, M., Cauvain, S., Kääriäinen, A., Satka, M., Yliruka, L. and Shaw, I.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2014
Volume: 17
Number: 5
ISSN: 1369-1457
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/13691457.2014.912202DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 03 Mar 2016 12:46
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:59
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27092

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