Education: Universities Receive Extra Funding to Improve Status of Social Workers

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Byline: Zannah Lewis

New social workers will have better degrees and more work experience thanks to Government proposals to improve the status of the profession.

Warwick and Coventry universities have been awarded funding to widen the range of social work placements they offer and the Government has raised the national minimum qualification for social workers to honours degree level.

The University of Coventry has been running an honours degree social work course for the past ten years and Warwick will roll out a similar course later this year.

The Government has increased the number of practical learning days for work experience from 130 to 200 and allowed universities to extend the range of agencies where students can carry out their learning experience.

Under the old system, students were restricted to social care settings for work experience but they can now work with the police, education, health and probation services.

Janis Gunter, from Coventry University, along with Christine Harrison, from Warwick University, have been awarded pounds 8,000 to promote the changes in social work education and encourage more agencies to get involved. …