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Social Work

versión On-line ISSN 2312-7198
versión impresa ISSN 0037-8054


ENGELBRECHT, Lambert. Revisiting the esoteric question: Can non-social workers manage and supervise social workers?. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2015, vol.51, n.3, pp.311-331. ISSN 2312-7198.

A dilution, and eventual denigration, of the social work profession, such as through the practice of social workers being managed by non-social workers, can increasingly be traced to neoliberal utterances and resultant managerial discourses. Social workers may unwittingly be contributing to the handover of management practices to non-social workers. This paper outlines the reasons for the tension between general management and social work management, presents a conceptualisation of social work management and supervision, and examines the impact of the global neoliberal discourse and resultant managerial tenets on social work in the South African context.

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