Revisiting the esoteric question : can non-social workers manage and supervise social workers?

Engelbrecht, Lambert (2015)

CITATION: Engelbrecht, L. 2015. Revisiting the esoteric question : can non-social workers manage and supervise social workers?. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 51(3): 311-331, doi:10.15270/51-3-451.

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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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