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Timeline :: National Institute for Social Work Training set up

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The National Institute for Social Work Training (NISWT) was set up, following the proposals in the 1959 report of the Ministry of Health Working Party on Social Workers in the Health and Welfare Services (the Younghusband Committee).  Its role was to promote excellence in social work training through the direct provision of training and teaching for social work.  In addition it provided a centre where social work research was promoted, teaching materials were developed, discussions were held about the future of social work and there was the provision of a library.  It later became National Institue of Social Work, and operated throughout the UK and internationally, supporting users and carers, practitioners and managers, policy makers and their organisations with a range of services aimed at achieving excellence in practice and management in social work and social care. It ran for 42 years before being wound up in 2003.

Source: NISW archives (including Younghusband’s personal archives) are held at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick; Huws Jones, R. (1964) The National Institute for Social Work Training in Britain, International Social Work, 7 (2) 5-7 ; University of Chester, Riverside Museum.