1970-2020: A fifty year history the personal social services and social work in England and across the United Kingdom


  • Ray Jones Kingston University




2020 is the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of a unified profession of social work across the United Kingdom and of the creation of integrated personal social services in each of the four UK countries. This paper reflects on the genesis of these changes, tracks developments over the past fifty years, and comments on the current state of social work and the personal social services in England and throughout the UK.

Author Biography

Ray Jones, Kingston University

Emeritus Professor of Social Work


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How to Cite

Jones, R. (2020). 1970-2020: A fifty year history the personal social services and social work in England and across the United Kingdom. Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 21(3). https://doi.org/10.1921/swssr.v21i3.1460