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The Seebohm Committee on Local Authority and Allied Personal Social Services in England and Wales, chaired by Frederick (Lord) Seebohm reported, concluded that service provision was fragmented and undermined by poor co-ordination. It recommended that specialist areas of local authority social work should come together as Social Services Departments (SSDs) to provide a single community based response to the needs of individuals, families and communities; they would be “one door on which to knock”.  The resulting legislation was the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970. This led in 1971 to the creation of social services departments in councils, bringing together services for children and families and for adults.

Further information: Social Work History Network papers on the Unification of Social Work Services and of Organisations of Social Workers, 1963-1971.

Also review by John C. Spencer in Social Service Review, Vol 43, 2, June 1969, pp240-242.