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The pandemic transformed how social work was delivered – and these changes could be here to stay

By Tom Kingstone, Lecturer in Mental Health, Keele University
Lisa Dikomitis, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology of Health, Keele University
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Since the beginning of the pandemic, a lot of attention in the UK has focused on the challenges of continuing to deliver healthcare. But a related field – social work – has also faced many challenges in maintaining “business as usual” for those using it.

People in need of support from social workers – children, older adults, people with physical or learning disabilities – are often society’s most vulnerable. They are people facing social issues and challenges, including poverty, discrimination or past trauma, such as physical abuse.

Social workers work…


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