The professional capabilities framework and contemporary debates: implications for social work education in England

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Higgins, MM (2015). The professional capabilities framework and contemporary debates: implications for social work education in England. British Journal of Social Work.
AuthorsHiggins, MM
Abstract

The social work reform agenda sought to transform social work education. The aim was to make qualifying social work education effective at producing social workers fit for practice. A number of reforms have been implemented. These include among others the Professional Capabilities Framework. This framework provides a single set of standards for all social workers from initial qualification to advanced practice. The problem for social work reform and the Professional Capabilities Framework is that elements of the reform remain contested. Despite the implementation of the reforms in 2013 differences continue to exist about the nature and purpose of social work. The key message of this paper is that reconfiguring the Professional Capabilities Framework within Sen’s capabilities or human development approach will provide social work education with a more comprehensive foundation with which to engage effectively with contemporary debates about social work education.

Year2015
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
PublisherOxford University Press
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcv018
Publication dates
Print02 May 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited22 Sep 2016
Accepted01 Dec 2014
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
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