How not to observe social workers in practice

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622136
Title:
How not to observe social workers in practice
Authors:
Wilkins, David ( 0000-0003-2780-0385 ) ; Antonopoulou, Paraskevi
Abstract:
The home visit is central to the practice of contemporary child and family social work, yet we know comparatively little about what social workers use them for and how. Descriptions of practice and policies and procedures that overlook the emotional, physical and relational complexity of the home visit will inevitably miss something important about the social work role. More and more researchers are using observational methods to produce descriptions of home visit practices, while the Department for Education has been trialing observations as part of a national accreditation programme in England. Local authorities for many years have been engaged in observations of students and newly-qualified workers. However, none of these developments mean that observing social workers in practice and on a wider scale is straight-forward. This paper describes an attempt to introduce regular observations of social work practice in three inner London local authorities—and discusses how and why this attempt failed. By so doing, we hope to provide helpful lessons for others who may be thinking of using observations of practice more widely within their own authorities or as part of a research project.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Wilkins, D, Antonopoulou, V. (2017) 'How not to observe social workers in practice', Social Work Education.
Publisher:
Routledge
Journal:
Social Work Education
Issue Date:
19-Jun-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622136
DOI:
10.1080/02615479.2017.1340446
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02615479.2017.1340446?scroll=top≠edAccess=true
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0261-5479
Appears in Collections:
Applied social sciences

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dc.contributor.authorWilkins, Daviden
dc.contributor.authorAntonopoulou, Paraskevien
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-29T11:32:07Z-
dc.date.available2017-06-29T11:32:07Z-
dc.date.issued2017-06-19-
dc.identifier.citationWilkins, D, Antonopoulou, V. (2017) 'How not to observe social workers in practice', Social Work Education.en
dc.identifier.issn0261-5479-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02615479.2017.1340446-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622136-
dc.description.abstractThe home visit is central to the practice of contemporary child and family social work, yet we know comparatively little about what social workers use them for and how. Descriptions of practice and policies and procedures that overlook the emotional, physical and relational complexity of the home visit will inevitably miss something important about the social work role. More and more researchers are using observational methods to produce descriptions of home visit practices, while the Department for Education has been trialing observations as part of a national accreditation programme in England. Local authorities for many years have been engaged in observations of students and newly-qualified workers. However, none of these developments mean that observing social workers in practice and on a wider scale is straight-forward. This paper describes an attempt to introduce regular observations of social work practice in three inner London local authorities—and discusses how and why this attempt failed. By so doing, we hope to provide helpful lessons for others who may be thinking of using observations of practice more widely within their own authorities or as part of a research project.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02615479.2017.1340446?scroll=top≠edAccess=trueen
dc.rightsGreen - can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectsocial worken
dc.subjectsocial work educationen
dc.subjectprofessional developmenten
dc.subjectaction researchen
dc.subjectL500 Social Worken
dc.titleHow not to observe social workers in practiceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalSocial Work Educationen
dc.date.updated2017-06-29T11:29:30Z-
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