Soundbites from the ADSW Conference

"Blaming social workers for the problems in society is like blaming flood
control operators for global warming."

Reverend Richard Holloway

– "Even the Tories recognised the
difficulties! There is nothing that gladdens the heart quite so much as a
sinner who repents."

Dickie, ADSW president, on the issue of recruitment and retention

– "I’ve known cases where a baby has
stayed in care for a year as discussion dragged on even though the birth mother
thought adoption was the right thing."

Sutton, director of the Scottish Adoption Association

– "There remain voices which are arguing
for specialist qualifying training and, even less coherently, for training that
crosses the boundaries with other professions."

Jim Dickie arguing that social work training
must be built on a generic base.

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