Organisational professionalism and moral courage: contradictory concepts in social work?

Jane Fenton (Lead / Corresponding author)

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    579 Downloads (Pure)

    Abstract

    This paper considers findings from a larger study that explored value tensions and ethical stress experienced by criminal justice social workers across Scotland (Fenton, 2015). The qualitative data from that study are revisited and comments are analysed in terms of themes indicative of ‘organisational professionalism,’ such as reliance on agency procedures, the importance of the role of managers and the redundancy of a working theoretical and ethical knowledge base (Evetts, 2003). Findings suggest that ‘organisational professionalism’ is insidiously becoming the social work professional practice framework. Dangers of adherence to such a framework are suggested, especially in terms of the difficulty it might cause for social workers to demonstrate ‘moral courage’ (Morley and Macfarlane, 2014, p346) in the face of the shift to neoliberal frames of reference and ubiquitous managerialism.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)199-215
    Number of pages17
    JournalCritical and Radical Social Work
    Volume4
    Issue number2
    Early online date9 Jun 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

    Keywords

    • Neoliberalism
    • Social work education
    • Professionalism

    Fingerprint

    Dive into the research topics of 'Organisational professionalism and moral courage: contradictory concepts in social work?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this