Response to Taylor and Bogo, ‘Perfect Opportunity–Perfect Storm’

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  1. Hilary Burgess1,*,
  2. Claire Barcham2 and
  3. Patricia Kearney3

  1. 1University of Bristol—School for Policy Studies, 8 Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TZ, UK

  2. 2LB of Islington—Social Services, London, UK

  3. 3Social Care Institute for Excellence, 206 Marylebone Road, London NW1 6AQ, UK
  1. *Correspondence to Hilary Burgess, University of Bristol—School for Policy Studies, 8 Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TZ, UK. E-mail:
  • Accepted March 2014.


The response takes issue with some of the points raised in the article by Taylor and Bogo (‘Perfect Opportunity—Perfect Storm?
Raising the Standards of Social Work Education in England’, published on advance access, May 2013). The purpose, ownership
and development context of the Professional Capabilities Frameworks are clarified and differentiated from the framework used
in the USA. We debate the concepts of competence and capability, contest Taylor and Bogo’s content analysis and correct some
errors in the article. We suggest a way forward in understanding and using the PCF to support professional development and
excellent social work practice.

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