In recent years there has been a great deal of flux and change within three domains of the interface between applied psychology and social work in the UK: The intellectual domain: areas such as child development, domestic violence and mental health have been ‘claimed’ both by psychology and by social work as disciplines, in terms of formulating theory and carrying out new research; sometimes there is collaboration, but there have also been both divergence and tension.The policy domain: there are new developments in a number of areas — including professional ethics and governance, user-professional relationships and the research-practice relationship — and these are reshaping the ways in which both psychologists and social workers operate.The organisational domain: with an increasing push from government for inter-professional and inter-agency collaboration, there have been major changes within and between agencies delivering services, and also in arrangements for training, funding, regulation and inspection. Again, these changes are affecting the ways in which social workers and psychologists regard each other and view opportunities for collaboration at practice level, and also in relation to research initiatives.
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