The impact of legal regulation on the formation of a status of social work profession

Laura Varžinskienė


The article analyzes legislation regulating practice of social workers in Lithuania. The legal regulation and the status of profession which it provides for usually takes time to establish and remain for a long time (Abbott, 1988). The laws regulating social work in Lithuania are still developing so it is important to analyze and to improve those involving professionals from different fields: lawyers, social workers, political scientists.
The article analyzes such documents as Conception of Social Support, Law on Social Services, orders of the Minister of Social Security and Labour on requirements for qualification of social workers and on approval of catalogue of social services, Code of Ethics of Social Workers.


social work profession; legal regulation; status of social work profession

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"Social Work" ISSN online 2029-2775 / ISSN print 1648-4789