Fit for purpose? Post-qualifying social work education in child protection in Scotland

Lynn Kelly, Sharon Jackson

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Recommendations for post-qualifying training and education in child protection social work consistently form part of the political response to child abuse scandals. The influence of child abuse politics upon the push towards post-qualifying training and education has been consistent across the United Kingdom.Within Scotland educators have been quick to respond to the market demand for programme provision and there is now a growing number of academic programmes being offered by higher education institutions. Yet despite post-qualifying training and education achieving the status of 'panacea' there is little in the way of a national dialogue about what post-qualifying training and education in social work child protection should look like. The parameters of this have not been subject to any kind of national debate and the Scottish academic community has not entered into a professional dialogue on these issues. More crucially, educators have not engaged in any level of identifiable evaluation of their provision and there is an absence of engagement with the scholarship of teaching child protection at the post-qualifying level.This paper connects with these issues to question whether the post-qualifying training and education delivered by Scotland's universities can be considered fit for purpose.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-496
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Work Education
Issue number5
Early online dateNov 2010
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


  • child protection
  • social work education
  • post-qualifying
  • training
  • education
  • child protection
  • social work
  • Scotland
  • evidence base
  • teaching


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