Social work supervisor liability: Risk factors and strategies for risk reduction

  • Lynch J
  • Versen G
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The author reviews the development of administration in social work
noting the substantial advances that have occurred in its professional
and scholarly standing over the last 30 years. Notwithstanding these
gains, he argues that progress toward a strong presence for social work
management in both academia and the field appears to be languishing. The
paper reviews some of the reasons for the current state of affairs and
suggests several strategies that might be pursued to re-energize the
enterprise, including the development of a unique approach to management
in the human services, a redesign of education for management in social
work and more institutionalized interactions between academics and

Author-supplied keywords

  • malpractice
  • reduction
  • risk
  • sexual misconduct
  • supervisor liability
  • vicarious liability

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  • J G Lynch

  • G R Versen

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