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The Social Work Bursary in England: Impact of Funding Arrangements upon Social Work Education and the Future Workforce

Moriarty, Joanna, Manthorpe, Jill, Hussein, Shereen, Stevens, Martin, Sharpe, Endellion, MacIntyre, Gillian, Orme, Joan, Lister, Pam Green, Crisp, Beth R. (2012) The Social Work Bursary in England: Impact of Funding Arrangements upon Social Work Education and the Future Workforce. British Journal of Social Work, 42 (5). pp. 957-973. ISSN 0045-3102. (doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcr117) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The financial support available to students on social work qualifying programmes appears to be a neglected topic in published social work research. This article draws on a literature review and secondary data analysis of an existing dataset to discuss what is known about this topic and specifically considers the impact of a financial incentive to undertake social work qualifying education in England, the social work bursary. In the context of major changes to the funding of higher education in England, it suggests that the introduction of the social work bursary has helped increase the number of students enrolling on social work qualifying programmes in England and supported some students whose personal and financial circumstances might have prevented them from undertaking social work qualifying education. While students report their appreciation of financial assistance in the form of the bursary, many have additional needs in the form of support for children and other dependants, and for help in defraying the costs of travel while undertaking practice placements. The paper concludes that attention needs to be paid to the specific needs of social work students when considering the impact of changes to funding higher education.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/bjsw/bcr117
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints] U2 - 10.1093/bjsw/bcr117 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JO - British Journal of Social Work [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Social work education, student funding, non-traditional students, widening participation, bursary
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/68344 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hussein, Shereen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7946-0717
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