Centre for Social Work Practice

Professional confidence: How we lost it, how to find it, how to keep it...

Posted January 01, 2011


Andrew Cooper – January 2011

I wrote the first version of this evening’s talk in November 2010 when the present coalition government were well bedded down, but before the radical shape of their political and economic programme had become clear. Towards the end of that version of the talk I made reference to the idea that a confident profession would know how to orientate itself to the politics of the period we are in. But to my mind his question – how should, or how can, social work respond to current developments now assumes much greater urgency. Writing in yesterday’s Guardian, John Harris gets it right when he speaks of ‘not just cuts, but the most far-reaching attempt to remodel British society in 60 years, undertaken with speed, and with a breathtaking disregard for what was offered to the country only months ago’….

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