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A new route to professionalism? the development of a residential child care DipSW in Scotland

Milligan, I.M. (2003) A new route to professionalism? the development of a residential child care DipSW in Scotland. Social Work Education, 22 (3). pp. 283-295. ISSN 0261-5479

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Abstract

This article describes the development of a new degree course (incorporating the DipSW) which has been designed to address the issue of 'relevance' in professional level education for the residential child care sector in Scotland. Funded by the Scottish Executive, a new body - the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care - has been charged with devising and delivering a continuum of training, education and other resources to the sector in order to improve the quality of the residential experience of young people. One central element in this provision is the development of a BA/DipSW course that meets CCETSW requirements via a 'particular pathway' in residential child care. The article outlines some of the innovatory features of the course, the first of its kind in the UK, and identifies some of the perspectives that will inform the course curriculum. Brief comparisons are made with developments in the field of child and youth care elsewhere and attention is paid to issues around the provision of practice learning opportunities.