This joint publication from the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Department of Health and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was published in March 2010.

In December 2009, the Government accepted the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force for a programme of comprehensive reform for social work in England.

This Implementation Plan explains how the Government is now working, with employers, social work educators, the social work profession, and with people who use social work services, to develop that reform programme and put it in place. It provides a route map for improvement – setting clear milestones for those who must work together to develop and deliver reforms, and giving current and future social workers, people who use their services, professionals who work with social workers and members of the public, clarity about the changes they should expect and when they should expect to see them.

Visit the DCSF website for more information about the Social Work Task Force


  • Introduction
  • Starting out
  • Time, resources and support
  • Professional development and career progression
  • Professional leadership and public understanding
  • An effectively and proportionately managed and regulated system
  • Delivering reform
  • Annexes