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On the Edge of a New Frontier: Is Gerontological Social Work in the UK Ready to Meet Twenty-First-Century Challenges? / S. Richards; M. P. Sullivan; D. Tanner; C. Beech; A. Milne; M. Ray; J. Phillips; L. Lloyd
British Journal of Social Work, Volume: 44, Issue: 8, Pages: 2307 - 2324
Swansea University Author: Beech, Christian
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This article explores the readiness of gerontological social work in the UK for meeting the challenges of an ageing societyby investigating the focus on work with older people in social work education and the scope of gerontological social workresearch. The discussion draws on findings from two expl...
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This article explores the readiness of gerontological social work in the UK for meeting the challenges of an ageing societyby investigating the focus on work with older people in social work education and the scope of gerontological social workresearch. The discussion draws on findings from two exploratory studies: a survey of qualifying master's programmes in Englandand a survey of the content relating to older people over a six-year period in four leading UK social work journals. The evidencefrom master's programmes suggests widespread neglect of ageing in teaching content and practice learning. Social work journalspresent a more nuanced picture. Older people emerge within coverage of generic policy issues for adults, such as personalisationand safeguarding, and there is good evidence of the complexity of need in late life. However, there is little attention toeffective social work interventions, with an increasingly diverse older population, or to the quality of gerontological socialwork education. The case is made for infusing content on older people throughout the social work curriculum, for extendingpractice learning opportunities in social work with older people and for increasing the volume and reporting of gerontologicalsocial work research.
Ageing and older people, gerontological social work research, gerontological social work education
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