This article relates de-professionalization theory to the current state of social work in Spain. De-professionalization refers to the process of erosion of the monopoly on knowledge as a consequence of loss of professional autonomy and authority. The conceptual elements of this theory are applied to social work and five factors that impact on the de-professionalization process are studied: a) the policy of precariousness in the provision of social services; b) the increasing precariousness of the job market; c) the bureaucratization of the professional field and activity; d) the codification and standardization of intervention; and e) fragmentation of the knowledge process. Bases are established to comprehend the risks that social work faces as a profession, and professional autonomy is emphasized from the perspective of ethics and reinforcement of scientific foundations.
Hernández Echegaray, A. (2018). Los riesgos en la profesionalización del Trabajo Social en España. Cuadernos de Trabajo Social, 31(1). https://doi.org/10.5209/cuts.54344