Dame Eileen Louise Younghusband, DBE (1902 - 1981) was internationally known for her research and teaching in the field of social work.
She was the only daughter of Sir Francis Younghusband (1863-1942), a British explorer and mystic famous for his discoveries in Central Asia and his leadership of the British Tibet campaign of 1903-04.
She was a student at the London School of Economics from 1926–29, and a member of staff from 1944-58.
In her Carnegie Reports of 1947 and 1950 she advocated 'generic' training - a set of core knowledge common to all social workers. In 1954 she pioneered the teaching of a generic course that was to become the prototype of professional social work training in other universities.
In 1955 she chaired a Ministry of Health working party on the provision of training for social workers. The subsequent Younghusband Report led to the establishment of a Council for Training in Social Work and a social work certificate.
In 1968 she chaired the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's report, Community Work and Social Change.
In 1981, Younghusband died in a car accident on a lecture tour in the USA, aged 79.
Eileen Younghusband's publications include:
- The Education and Training of Social Workers (1947)
- Social Work in Britain (1951)
- Social work in Britain, 1950-1975: a follow-up study (1978).
A biography of Eileen Younghusband, "Eileen Younghusband: A biography", was written in 1984 by Professor Kathleen Jones
- Catalogue of Younghusband's papers, held at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick
- Portraits of Eileen Younghusband at the National Portrait Gallery, London