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Changing lives

This publication marked the culmination of two years of research and review of social work and social work education, and was commissioned because of what was described as uncertainty, lack of clarity and confidence in social work, increased expectations from the public and a 'series of critical reports following tragic incidents' (page 4).  It was suggested that social work was in crisis and there needed to be radical change - "more of the same isn't good enough" was one of its key messages.

The critical reports included the inquiry into the death of Caleb Ness (Edinburgh and Lothians Child Protection Committee 2003) and the Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders (2004) inquiry into services for people with learning disabilities that followed the physical and sexual abuse of a woman with a learning disability.

Source: Scottish Government (2006) Changing Lives: report of the 21st century social work review, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive.