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Social Work Task Force recommendations in full

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The Social Work Task Force made 15 recommendations:

  • Calibre of entrants Criteria governing the calibre of those entering social work education and training should be strengthened.
  • Curriculum and delivery Overhaul of the content and delivery of social work degree courses is needed.
  • Practice placements New arrangements to provide enough quality practice placements for social work students, with proper supervision and assessment.
  • Assessed year in employment The final stage of becoming a social worker should be an assessed and supported year on the job.
  • Regulation of social work education More transparent and effective regulation, for greater consistency and quality.
  • Standard for employers The development of a clear national standard for the support social workers should expect from their employers to do their jobs effectively.
  • Supervision The above new standard should be supported by clear national requirements for the supervision of social workers.
  • Front-line management The creation of dedicated programmes of training and support for front-line social work managers.
  • Continuing professional development Construction of a “more coherent and effective national framework” for continual professional development of social workers, including an entitlement to ongoing learning and development.
  • National career structure Creation of a single, nationally recognised hierarchy.
  • National college of social work Foundation of a national body, developed and led by social workers.
  • Public understanding A new programme of action to increase awareness about the function of social work.
  • Licence to practise Would replace the current re-registration requirements.
  • Social worker supply Development of a new system to forecast levels of supply and demand for social workers, with the emphasis put on localised conditions.
  • National reform programme Would oversee the implementation of the report in what is “likely to be a ten-year commitment with concerted action over the next five years in particular”.
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Readers' comments (1)

  • It is quite clear who is blamed for the failure of social services - the people who work in the system. Every single measure here relates to the quality of people, their training, calibre, professionalism and management. I am sure that this will include more guidance and rules.

    At no single point is there an examination of political involvement or regulatory meddling in the system. At no point are the targets and computer systems examined. At no point is how the work is designed examined. This is a social work task force put together by the establishment responsible for the problems and who absolutely refuse to examine their own role in the cause of the problems. This should be a national scandal. Those who blame social workers are actually to blame for the problems.

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