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Radical Reforms of Social Work Needed, Say MPs

Magazine article Public Finance

Radical Reforms of Social Work Needed, Say MPs

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A damning report from a Commons committee has called for radical reforms of the social work profession after finding that training regimes were inadequate.

The children, schools and families select committee study, published on July 30, said the regimes in specialist areas such as child protection were particularly weak. The report was released a day after the governmenf s Social Work Task Force recommended setting up a national college to support the profession.

Committee chair Barry Sheerman emphasised that the vast majority* of social workers were 'excellent/ , but argued they were not given enough training and education after qualifying.

'Social workers need a high-quality national training body and high-profile national leadership, and they need to be better rewarded,' he said.

The report pointed out that children's lives were put in danger when social workers were poorly trained, inexperienced or not properly supported.

It called for a compulsory system to enable newly qualified social workers to develop into expert specialists. …

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