New taskforce to shake up social worker training

The
Government is launching a major shake-up of social work training with the
introduction of the Practice Learning Taskforce.

A new
degree programme will place greater emphasis on frontline experience and
involve more consultation with service users.

From
September, students training to become social workers will have to spend an
extra 70 days in the workplace before they are fully qualified.

The
taskforce will be responsible for developing long-term links with organisations
in the social care sector to get more students into placements while they are
training.

The
group, headed by Mike Leadbetter, the immediate past president of the
Association of Social Services, is looking to build links with:
● Police forces
● Criminal justice system
● Housing departments
● NHS trusts
● Schools and colleges
● Trade unions
● Employment agencies

By Ross Wigham

 

 

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