Social Workers to Rethink Training

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THE SOCIAL workers' training council is planning to abolish its black perspectives committee - responsible for promoting anti-racist practices in the profession - as part of a restructure.

The curriculum for the teaching course for the Diploma in Social Work, the social workers' main qualification, is also to be redrawn, just four years after it was approved, following recent criticism that it contained "politically correct nonsense".

The document setting out the rules and requirements for the Diploma in Social Work, known as Paper 30, includes a policy statement on anti-racism, called annex 5, part of which is expected to be dropped.

The policy statement, written by the black perspectives committee, includes: "CCETSW (Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work) believes that racism is endemic in the values, attitudes and structures of British Society, including those of social services and social work education."

Jeffrey Greenwood, the new chairman appointed by the Department of Health, has told the Independent he "profoundly disagrees" with that statement although he said he was committed to equal opportunities for all. He also wants "politically correct nonsense" in social work training "rooted out".

At his first public meeting yesterday it was announced that David Divine, assistant director of the council and a member of the black perspectives committee, had handed in his resignation.

Afterwards Mr Divine told the Independent his resignation was "unrelated" to the restructuring. He plans to do post graduate studies, more consultancy and more practical social work. …