Recognising the Person within the Developing Professional: Tracking the Early Careers of Newly Qualified Child Care Social Workers in Three Local Authorities in England

Jack, Gordon and Donnellan, Helen (2010) Recognising the Person within the Developing Professional: Tracking the Early Careers of Newly Qualified Child Care Social Workers in Three Local Authorities in England. Social Work Education, 29 (3). pp. 305-318. ISSN 0261-5479

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02615470902984663

Abstract

This study follows the progress of newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) through their first year in employment. Questionnaire and interview data were gathered from NQSWs and line managers working in children and families teams in three local authorities in the south west of England during 2007. Although all of the NQSWs started their first jobs with optimism and confidence, a combination of the day-to-day reality of the work and the organisational conditions under which it was undertaken led to increasing levels of frustration and unhappiness. This rapid decline in the well-being of NQSWs appeared to be the result of a failure on the part of their employers to properly recognise the person within the developing professional. Unfortunately, by focusing almost exclusively on what NQSWs employed in children's services across England need to know and do, the pilot induction programmes introduced since the study was completed run the risk of reinforcing this tendency. It is argued that this is likely to result in an increasingly disillusioned workforce, lacking the motivation and self-belief necessary to provide the high quality services required to effectively safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: children and families practice, continuing professional development
Subjects: L500 Social Work
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2011 14:38
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4357

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