Tracing the origin of work with the ‘impotent poor’ under the Poor Laws, to social workers’ current responsibilities towards vulnerable people, this book introduces the reader to the way in which the identification of particular social problems at the end of the nineteenth century led to the emergence of a wide range of separate occupational groups and voluntary workers, which were sometimes, but increasingly, referred to as social workers.
Using an extended single chronological historical narrative and analysis, which draws heavily on original archival sources and contemporary literature, it addresses the changes which took place as part of the welfare state and the identification of common roles and responsibilities by social workers, which led to the formation of the British Association of Social Workers in 1970.
By highlighting the changes and continuities in these roles and responsibilities, this book will be of interest to all academics, students, and practitioners working within social work, who wish to know more about the origins of their discipline and the current state of the profession today.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Focus and Structure
Chapter 1: History and social work
Chapter 2: Social problems in the Tudor and Early Modern periods
Chapter 3: Relieving officers and charitable societies
Chapter 4: Developing specialised roles and responsibilities, 1890-1914
Chapter 5: Expanding the roles and responsibilities of social workers, 1914-1939
Chapter 6: Social work during the Second World War and the introduction of the Welfare State
Chapter 7: Reviewing social work roles and responsibilities in the Welfare State, 1950- 1963
Chapter 8: Exploring social work roles, 1963- 1974
Chapter 9: Consolidating the responsibilities of social workers in social services departments, 1974 – 1989
Chapter 10: Managing social workers, 1989 – 1997
Chapter 11: Reviewing the roles and responsibilities of social workers
Mike Burt is Honorary Senior Lecturer and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Chester where, until 2009, he was Acting Head of Social Work.