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Dame Eileen Louise Younghusband

(1902-1981), Pioneer of social work

Sitter in 3 portraits
Younghusband's interests lay in problems of the poor, and whilst a full-time lecturer at the London School of Economics (1933-57), she devoted her spare time to the Citizens' Advice Bureaux, care committees, juvenile courts, the Bermondsey Settlement and women refugees. During the War she conducted surveys for the National Assistance Board and the UK Carnegie Trust. In 1955 she chaired a working party on the role of Social Workers in the local authority health and welfare services, which was instrumental in the establishment of the Council for Training in Social Work, and initiated a certificate in social work, and the setting up of the National Institute for Social Work Training in 1961.

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Dame Eileen Louise Younghusband, by Kyffin Williams - NPG 6621

Dame Eileen Louise Younghusband

by Kyffin Williams
oil on canvas, circa 1965
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6621

Dame Eileen Louise Younghusband, by Angus Basil - NPG x137089

Dame Eileen Louise Younghusband

by Angus Basil
toned bromide print on photographer's mount, 1930s
NPG x137089

Dame Eileen Louise Younghusband, by Walter Bird - NPG x165218

Dame Eileen Louise Younghusband

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 19 November 1964
NPG x165218


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