In defence of social work: Why Gove is wrong

This publication was put together as a sharp and swift response to his speech discussing child protection to the NSPCC on the 12th November 2013, in which Gove repeated some familiar right-wing themes in his ‘considerations’ on social work. In particular Gove attacked social work education and practitioners who hold a strong social justice analysis and motivation at the centre of their work. This SWAN publication answers him back comprehensively.

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