National Institute for Social Work (NISW) and related organisations

Scope and Content

National Institute for Social Work: training minute books, 1962-1973 (12 vols.), minute books, 1973-2001 (vols. 13-55), annual reports and accounts, 1995-2001. File on its establishment, 1959-1961

Social Work Advisory Service, minutes, 1966-1974.

Seebohm Committee minutes, circulated papers and other papers, including evidence, 1966-1968, and The Seebohm Committee - An Analysis of its Establishment, Functioning and Effects, by N. M. Thomas, 1972.

National Council of Social Service, papers of committee on staffing, 1963-1965.

General Social Service Council, papers, 1986-1995, undated.

Wagner Development Group, minutes and papers, including reponses to its report, 1988-1993.

Curtis Committee: file and file cards, 1945-1946.

Committee on Voluntary Workers in the Social Services: minutes and papers, 1965-1969.

Working Party on the Role and Tasks of Social Workers (Barclay) minutes, etc., 1977-1982, mostly from 1980.

Aves Committee, correspondence and papers, 1966-1970.

S. Clement Brown, author: correspondence and papers, 1939-1989.

Working Party on Social Workers, papers, 1956-1960.

Residential Care Review, minutes, and related papers, correspondence, 1984-1988

Eileen Younghusband Archive, comprising her professional research material, lectures, articles, printed papers, personal papers, including her accounts and diaries, correspondence, photographs, and some family papers, 1864-1982.

Various publications, etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Institute for Social Work was set up in 1961, following the proposals in the report of the Ministry of Health Working Party on Social Workers in the Health and Welfare Services (the Younghusband Committee) in 1959. It operated throughout the UK and internationally, supporting users and carers, practitioners and managers, policy makers and their organisations with a range of services aimed at achieving excellence in practice and management in social work and social care. The Institute was wound up in 2003.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Centre by the National Institute for Social Work, 13 August 2002 .

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law and the Data Protection Act, 1998.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Additional records relating to liquidation and final minutes were deposited in August 2012 by Moira Guthrie (Acc. 869)

Related Material

Papers of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW): MSS.378, and the papers of the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (CCETSW), MSS.422.