Faculty of Health and Social Care – Public Lecture Series

27th Mar 2014, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

social work lecture series

‘Organisational Cultures and Professional Knowledge in Social Work: From Conflict to Congruence?’

This additional and final public lecture in the series will discuss the findings from two doctoral studies, one which explored what being a professional in child protection social work actually meant to those working within this context in the North of England and Flanders, Belgium and the other looking at professional social workers’ conceptions and use of knowledge in child care and protection practice.

The findings from both indicate that the context of and for social work practice within the arena of childcare and protection has a significant influence on social workers’ perceptions of themselves and on the way they develop and use knowledge to inform their day-to-day practices.

The lecture will consider how and why social work is currently locked into a ‘vicious cycle’ of negative criticism and propose a way to move towards a more ‘virtuous cycle’.

By drawing from the findings of these two studies we will invite the audience to share their views and contribute to the development of a strategic approach which addresses these concerns.


  • 18.00 – Pre-lecture drinks
  • 18.30 – Lecture
  • 20.00 – Light refreshments

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