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Exploring the Context of Fitness to Practise Concerns About Social Workers in England: Explanations Beyond Individuals

Gallagher, Ann; Banks, Sarah; Jago, Robert; Zasada, Magdalena; Austin, Zubin; van der Gaag, Anna

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Authors

Ann Gallagher

Robert Jago

Magdalena Zasada

Zubin Austin

Anna van der Gaag



Abstract

Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) as compared with the other health care professionals regulated by HCPC. This paper discusses findings from interviews and focus groups that formed part of a mixed methods study that aimed to find out the reasons for complaints and the strategies that may reduce complaints. Four themes were identified: social work as an evolving profession; social work involves challenging practice; social work takes place in a pressurised environment; and public perceptions and expectations of social work are often negative and unrealistic. Findings highlight explanations that focus on organisational culture and public responses to social workers’ control functions. We argue that, at a time of change for the profession, there is a need for public education regarding the role and function of social workers and for regulators to have more proactive engagement with registrants and employers.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 11, 2019
Online Publication Date Jan 15, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Jan 23, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jan 15, 2021
Journal Ethics and Social Welfare
Print ISSN 1749-6535
Electronic ISSN 1749-6543
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 2
Pages 187-203
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17496535.2019.1707846
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1278233

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