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Social work

Supporting employers to lead change for social work with children and families

Our social work programme

Our social work programme is a comprehensive programme of activity that drives and supports improvements in the way social workers are recruited, trained and supported. It supports employers to tackle the significant challenges that children and families social workers face.

In April 2012 the programme will move to The Department for Education (DfE).

Encouraging talented and committed people to join and make a career in the profession

Our projects provide new entry routes for those who might not have considered social work as a career as well as supporting qualified practitioners to bring their wealth of expertise and knowledge back to the sector.

Helping employers to support social workers throughout their careers

Our support aims to increase confidence and maximise capability of social workers in the early stages of their careers. We also provide training and support for front line managers to develop leadership, management and supervisory skills.

Supporting employers to reduce pressure on front line social workers

Our £43.9million Social Work Improvement Fund supports local authorities to build capacity for reform and improvement and build on the steps they are taking to recruit and retain social workers. We are also supporting local authorities with the implementation of recommendations from the Munro Review.

Page updated: 17 November 2011

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Step Up to Social Work

“Our candidates know what to expect and are being prepared for the realities of social work.” Anthea Anthony, Step Up Practice Manager, West London Alliance Partnership

Step Up to Social Work

Newly qualified social workers

"NQSWs emerge far more confident than when they graduated from university." Tajinder Madahar, Team Manager, Nottingham City Council

Newly qualified social workers

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Recent news

Help shape the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment 17 October
The social work sector is being asked to comment on proposals outlining an Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).

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