Skip to main content

The ‘Making’ of Social Workers: Findings from Interviews with Managers of Newly Qualified Social Workers

Manthorpe, Jill, Moriarty, Joanna, Stevens, Martin, Hussein, Shereen, Sharpe, Endellion (2014) The ‘Making’ of Social Workers: Findings from Interviews with Managers of Newly Qualified Social Workers. Practice. Social Work in Action, 26 (2). pp. 97-111. ISSN 0950-3153. (doi:10.1080/09503153.2013.867941) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

PDF - Publisher pdf
Restricted to Repository staff only
Contact us about this Publication Download (361kB)
[img]
Official URL
https://doi.org/10.1080/09503153.2013.867941

Abstract

Social work education, social work practice and social work skills have been long-standing policy interests in England but the views of line managers of newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) have not always informed debate. This paper reports on interviews with 23 line managers which asked about their experiences of managing NQSWs. Interviews were held across a diverse range of English local authorities in 2009–2010 and covered participants’ general expectations of NQSWs and how far these have been met, or not; support and induction arrangements for the newly qualified; and how the managers responded to variability among their newly qualified staff. The study participants present their management style as being combinations of modelling, workload and staff management, being open, and exercising their judgment over NQSWs. This suggests that they already possess many of the skills needed to assess NQSWs in their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment and that these should be built upon. We locate our findings within the wider literature highlighting the lack of attention paid to the experiences of social work line managers and the diversity that can be found within them.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09503153.2013.867941
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints] U2 - 10.1080/09503153.2013.867941 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JO - Practice. Social Work in Action [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: social work managers, newly qualified social workers, workload, caseload, induction, Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Shereen Hussein
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 11:49 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/68332 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hussein, Shereen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7946-0717
  • Depositors only (login required):

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year