Suitability, Gatekeeping and Social Work Education

Authored by: Cath Holmström

Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Education

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138890237
eBook ISBN: 9781315712536
Adobe ISBN: 9781317495239


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This chapter examines the crucial but complex issue of “suitability” for social work. The term “suitability” is used here for convenience, and includes notions of “gatekeeping”, whilst recognizing the controversial nature of terminology. Although written from within the United Kingdom (UK), and specifically within England, 1 the issues considered are of international concern:

If the extent and range of articles on gatekeeping are an indication, gatekeeping remains a significant concern for social work programs across the globe.

(Elpers & FitzGerald, 2013: 287)

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