A tale of two reports: social work in Scotland from social work and the community (1966) to changing lives (2006)

Ian Brodie*, Chris Nottingham, Stephen Plunkett

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Abstract

This paper identifies ‘key moments’ over a forty-year period of the history of Scottish social work, from the publication of Social Work and the Community in 1966 to the outcome of the 21st Century Review contained in Changing Lives of 2006. A recurring theme is the Scottish dimension, for social work in Scotland needs to be understood as distinct in many important respects from social work elsewhere in the UK. The paper traces the evolution of a vision - of a unified profession promoting social equality - underlying Social Work and the Community, arguing that its redefinition in Changing Lives represents both a departure from the earlier, radical aspirations and an opportunity for Scottish social workers to re-examine the question of professionalism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-715
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

Keywords

  • Scotland
  • social work

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