Preventive therapy and resilience promotion: An evaluation of social work led skills development group work.


Concerns have been expressed for some time about a decline in emphasis on therapeutic work in social work, notably articulated in the Munro Review. Further concerns have been expressed in child care that social workers have increasingly had to focus on child protection work rather than earlier stages of prevention. However, there remain opportunities for social workers through the development of new programmes. One development has been that of Behaviour and Education Support Teams: multi-professional teams, containing as a key element social workers, and encouraging novel practices designed to help emotional stability and improved behaviour and education performance. This study reports on an evaluation of a social worker delivered school-based social skills programme, which can contribute to the important area of resilience. This showed significant and sustained improvements in pro-social behaviour and friendships. The implications of this for the therapeutic potential and professional role of social work are discussed.