Social work is one of new, developing specialties and scientific directions at the same time. The formation of this specialty as higher education one is connected with strengthening of attention to the civil society and constitutional state formation, the existence of which is not possible without stable social policy.
As the world´s experience testifies, in many countries nor programs of social development neither social policy of a state can´t do without considering social workers´ activity. Specialists in this area are widely used as experts when preparing legislative acts, making decisions by local authorities and social organizations.
Social work as one of higher school trends is necessary to be enhanced; it is also of the current interest to level the eventuating disadvantages (as, for example, needless academicity, lack of practical directivity), pay special attention to training and retraining of social sphere employees, the extraordinary majority of which doesn´t have special education nowadays.
It is urgent to expand and perfect the social workers´ training program. Besides the subjects of social work proper and also special sections of other disciplines studied by social workers it is required to form the legal, economical and political knowledge base. Particular attention should be paid to the problems of social work management and organization, as an accurately formed social control structure guarantees an adequate social policy of a country.
With the development of social work as a higher school specialty another topical question comes into being - the one of qualification. Nowadays, besides universities as basic educational institutions medical institutes, polytechnic ones, institutes of culture and others are engaged in social workers´ training. That is why it is very important to observe unitary standards while teaching specialists of the given profile. The solution of these and other problems will enable to strengthen one of the most promising trends of modern higher school science.The article is admitted to the International Scientific Conference "Development prospects of higher school science", Sochi (Dagomys), 20-23th September, 2007, came to the editorial office on 09.11.07.