the rise and fall of a profession?
Policy press , Bristol, 2010
Social work, once the rising star of the human service
delivery professions has increasingly come under attack
from politicians and the media, often following child
abuse tragedies and particularly after the election of
Margaret Thatcher in 1979. Subsequently private sector
managerialism was introduced both to control what social
workers do and how, as well as to reduce public
expenditure. They had to cope with increased bureaucracy
and given stringent targets aimed at rationing resources,
leading to deprofessionalisation with organisations`,
rather than users`, needs now dominating.