Social Work and Proud 1850–2022


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About The Author

Malcolm Jordan

Malcolm Jordan

Malcolm was born and raised in 1930s Peckham, South London, with the exception of five wartime years as an evacuee, running wild in the countryside. Having no effective education during evacuation, life drastically changed on his return to London, as he was sent to ‘posh school’ (which he hated) for years. Over seven decades Malcolm’s career in social work has spanned the prison system, community work, psychiatric social work, teaching, central government, senior management roles, residential school and consultancy. He has worked within the public and private sectors, in both the north and south of Great Britain. A career-long trade unionist and member of BASW, Malcolm is an executive of SWU and the Austerity Action Group In September 22 he was appointed as Hon President of SWU He is an active member of SWAN and the Social Work History Network, the Parliamentary Labour Social Work Group and XR (Extinction Rebellion). During the last 15 years, he has volunteered with the Youth Offending Service. During her lifetime, Malcolm’s wife Ann was also a social worker and NHS board member. Malcolm has a daughter, two grandchildren, seven great grandnephews and nieces, and a close network of family and friends.

Publications include:
• Growing Old in Brighton (DHSS, 1980)
• 'Piggy in the Middle: Social Work Education – A View from the Field’ in Theory and Practice in Social Work, Eds. Roy Bailey and Phil Lee. Wiley and Son (1982).
• ‘Looking Back’ in Social Work Past, Present and Future, Eds. Terry Bamford and Keith Bilton, Policy Press, (2020)

170 years of social work and family history set in the context of international, national and cultural events.

‘I have never read anything quite like this book before. Its combination of family history and account of the development of modern social work, set against a background of national and international events and cultural and societal trends, must be unique. It is a labour of love, and a testament to lives, well lived, and to work engaged in with dedication and radical intent.’

—Guy Shennan, Chair BASW 2014-18

‘Written from a personal perspective… each chapter begins with an interesting quote, lyric, or poetic piece, inspiring the reader to consider class, inequality, poverty, war, hope… These questions are explored in chapters laid out to enable the reader to concentrate on aspects in detail, or more lightly. This book will be enjoyed by social workers, social work students and history-lovers alike.’

—Carol Reid, Registered Social Worker and National Organiser SWU

‘I relished the opportunity to read this book as it combines my interest in history with my commitment to social work as a driving force for making our society a fair and humane one. What stands out in this fine piece of scholarly work is not only the author’s vast knowledge but also his value base.‘

—Dr Neil Thompson, independent writer, educator and adviser