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British Social Work Education

Radical policy change has affected expectations of higher education, the personal social services and the professions. These changes date mainly from the accession to power of a Conservative government in 1979, marking a sea change in ideology and policy paradigms, not least those affecting the welfare sector. The pace of change has been at least as significant as its direction, in its impact on users and providers of range of services. The identification of a variety of social problems in 19th century Britain led to range of policy measures and practical responses incorporated into organisational frameworks. Social work education at that time did have an influential advocate in Eileen Young husband, who noted that ‘the removal of social work education from the university sector would lower the standards and status of courses’. The 1970s were an important period during which tensions in the field around establishment and maintenance of professional values were mirrored by similar conflicts in social work education.