5 thoughts on “Social Work and the March to Neoliberalism (or Personalisation gone bad)

  1. Agree its not a clear article from what Ive seem.
    Sadly he is right about the “taking the dollar” aspect though
    Many social workers do not seem to realise they have been turned into bureaucrats, and seem to be very naive in terms of politics. Many know they are unhappy, perhaps more and more very unhappy. The older ones take redundancy and run, the younger ones wonder how they can get through the next 40 years or so. But they have very little understanding of why they are so unhappy. You sound as if you have vast amounts more control over what you do than many, even though you are clearly limited.
    I think a heads down, this is nothing to do with me, approach seems to be the way most deal with it all.

  2. very interesting blog, for a long time child care has been going along the adult route, “feral” families arecommodities to fix or remove, entitlement becomes the crumbs from the rich man’s table and moving back to the criminalisation of the poor and disabled; god help us all

  3. Fantastic post, so well argued. A couple of lines you write really ring true – you say;

    ‘Our work as social workers is about allocating resources and not supporting and providing a service ourselves.

    An assessment becomes a mere conduit for an allocation of resources rather than an attempt to actually work to combat and counter inequities’.

    I started practicing in 1992, working with older people and as the years have gone by, I feel social workers have been ‘tricked’ into believing that they are there just to dish out services (or refuse them!). The incredible importance of ‘yourself’ as the social worker to bring about change and support vulnerable people has been lost, or is under very serious threat in adult services. The social work-bashing rhetoric surrounding personalisation has accelerated this in my view. It makes me very sad.

  4. As usual all spot on CB. I firmly believe that the language of the market has become the dominant discourse in social care since the 1990 NHS & Comm Care act. Viewing the welfare state in it’s totality social care is the area where there are most private providers. I do feel though that it has failed to claim an outright victory as market logic in its unrestrained form is wholly inappropriate as a model for delivering social care services.

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