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Title: The attitudes towards, and expectations of, social workers in interprofessional collaboration for disabled children : fulfilling social work potential
Author: Catling, M. V. P.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis argues that social work has the potential to overcome difficulties in collaboration and its practice weaknesses in the field of child disability. The study examines the nature of the relationship between social workers and other professionals. It explores how difficulties affecting collaboration are constructed and maintained, and considers how they might be overcome. The study explores the wide-ranging responsibilities that social workers carry for disabled children, and considers the particular importance of interprofessional collaboration and the social model of disability in their role. The thesis observes long-standing criticisms of social work practice in child disability work. Considering this, the adequacies of social work training and the place for specialisation in raising standards are explored. The thesis examines the relevance of professional status in social work. This incised a discussion of that which characterises and constructs social work as a profession. The thesis explores how far a commitment to 'professionalism' is necessary for social work to fulfil its potential. Discussions highlight the inextricable links between social work's success in achieving professionalism and its relationship with employers. The discussion of research methods explains how the questionnaire and semi-structured interview were selected as tools for gathering the opinions of a wide range of practitioners concerning social work practice. The survey gathered the views of health and education professionals about the factors influencing their collaboration with social workers. Their opinions about social work competence in collaborative care planning for disabled children and families are discussed. The views of social workers are also explored, concerning their own practice and the adequacy of their training in preparing them for interprofessional collaboration and their role in child disability work. The survey provides insight into how the professionalism and potential of social work may be developed or restricted.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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