Families and Social Workers

The Work of Family Service Units 1940-1985

Edited by Pat Starkey

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ISBN: 9780853236566

Publication: May 1, 2000

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Families and Social Workers examines the origins, development and impact of Family Service Units (FSU), a voluntary social work agency that, during the post-war period, exercised an influence on the development of social work practice and training out of all proportion to its size and resources. Originating in the activities of conscientious objectors in Liverpool, Manchester and Stepney during the Second World War, FSU’s innovative methods of working with poor families led to the establishment of units in towns and cities throughout Britain. This study shows how FSU met the challenges and opportunities presented by the introduction of state-run social services; evaluates its successes and failures in terms of the aims that units set themselves; and examines the conflicts that arose between FSU’s commitment to independence and innovation and its dependence on local authority funding.

Acronyms and abbreviations Introduction 1 Pacifist Service 2 Problem Families, Eugenics and FSU 3 The Growth of a Social Work Agency 4 Changes and Adjustments 5 Training and Professional Development 6 Changing Relationships with the State 7 Almost Not An Organisation Conclusion Bibliography Index

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

286 Pages

ISBN: 9780853236566

Publication: May 1, 2000

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