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The creation of a brand new body responsible for social work has been announced, with the scheme aiming to increase standards and make social work a high-status profession.
Speaking on the reformation of children’s social work, education secretary Nicky Morgan announced that the new body would have “a relentless focus on raising the quality of social work, education, training and practice in both children and adult’s social work”.
The reform includes plans to see that all children’s social workers are to be assessed against the Knowledge and Skills Statement by 2020, it has been announced. This process will be overseen by the new body.
Ms Morgan also noted that there will be a drive to recruit top graduates, as the number of high-quality entry routes into the profession increases. The government has supported this scheme with a cash injection of £100 million.
In addition, the successful Frontline programme will be expanded, and the government’s Step Up to Social Work scheme will be furthered.
It is hoped these measures will see 3,000 graduates training to be social workers over the next five years.
Ms Morgan commented: “Excellent social workers transform lives. These hard working, dedicated professionals have the ability not just to improve the circumstances of vulnerable children but to change them entirely.
“Our reforms are big and bold because we need the best people on the frontline, armed with the knowledge and skills to change lives.”
This follows a speech by the prime minister around transforming life chances for the most vulnerable in society. Mr Cameron described the upcoming changes to children’s social care as the “landmark reforms of the next five years”.
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