“Researcher and former member of various Social Work Reform Board sub-groups, Dr Mary Baginsky, looks at what we could learn about the initial and post-qualifying training of social workers by looking across the Atlantic.”
The Social Work blog on Community Care had the above article which I found interesting. I am currently an American Social Work living and working in London and I have found many differences in practice and the way the profession is viewed. I would agree in most respects that Social Work has come a long way in the states. There are still the narrow-minded views of “the local baby snatchers” but for the most part we have gained the respect as a profession and have been, for lack of a better word, legitimized as a profession. This was a long time coming and it took a lot of work.
Many of the tasks I complete here as a Social Worker I find redundant. Many of the new initiatives that are coming in to make Social Work more workable are not new to me. I am glad to see there are strides being made in the profession here in the UK to help Social Workers solidify themselves in their positions and in the profession itself. I believe this starts with a more robust Social Work education and am glad this is currently being reviewed.
I am doing my part to ensure that my voice is heard and encourage all Social Workers to participate in consultations and organizations that are fighting to solidify and legitimize Social Work in the UK.