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Voices from the frontline

Real Comments from real social workers who responded to BASW's survey, The State of Social Work 2012...

This document contains hundreds of comments  from frontline social workers and managers about their working lives, the challenges they face and the concerns they have about the work and the people who use social work services.

All the comments contained in this document were posted to fields contained within the online survey, between 14 March and 30 March 2012. Some of the comments have been very moderately edited for sense, spelling and to spell out acronyms – to ensure the material is as accessible and meaningful as possible to a wide and often unexpert audience – but the context and meaning has been preserved in all instances.

As far as possible we have left the comments as originally posted, however, and the quotes contained in these pages can be taken as an accurate reflection of the views expressed.