Social work reputation is improving, poll reveals

A poll by the Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW) has found an improvement in attitudes towards the profession, according to the BBC.

Almost half of respondents (47%) rated the profession positively, an increase of 9% since last year. And 80% of those who had used social work services – or whose families had – rated their experiences as positive.

Michelle Miller, new president of the ADSW, said: “Against a background of negative coverage of social work resulting from the tragic cases of Baby Peter and Brandon Muir, it is very encouraging that there is greater understanding of social work services. I am particularly pleased that users of our services are so positive about what we do.”

She added: “There is still a lot of work to do if we are to ensure the contribution of social work staff is fully understood.”

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