We believe government action should include… the necessary investment to make reform a reality at all levels, especially at the front line - our proposals have implication for resources and legislation which government will need to work through as quickly as possible if momentum is to be maintained.
Social Work Task Force, final report
Supervision and clear career structures that allow for experienced professionals to stay in practice are key to addressing recruitment and retention problems, and directors will welcome steps to tackle poorly prepared students and ensure that all existing staff have the skills required to meet the demands of the role.
Jenny Owen, president, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
I entirely agree with the proposal for a social worker’s career to begin with an assessed and supported first year in practice - too often social workers are expected to rise to the most difficult social work challenges without adequate supervision, training and experience.
Rosie Varley, chair, General Social Care Council
We’re delighted to welcome this report because it signals a big reform programme. This is an opportunity to restore public confidence in good social work.
Allan Bowman, chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence
This is a good report that correctly identifies so many problems which have put our profession into crisis and undermined our ability to help people effectively. If we don’t act on the recommendations now, before a general election, this positive work will be lost and more service users will suffer.
Hilton Dawson, chief executive, British Association of Social Workers