The progress report, Building a Safe and Confident Future: One Year On, provides an overview of Social Work Reform Board activity over the past year in developing and implementing the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force.

These detailed proposals are the companion to that report and comprise a series of papers which provide greater detail on the five key areas of reform, which are:

1. An overarching professional standards framework – This sets out a proposed framework showing expectations of social workers at every point of their career. This will be used to inform the design and implementation of education and training and the national career structure for social workers.

2. Standards for employers and a supervision framework – These together set out the proposed responsibilities of employers for the work conditions social workers need for safe and effective social work practice.

3. Principles for a continuing professional development framework – these principles should underpin a framework of continuous learning for social workers to develop specialist knowledge and improve their practice.

4. Proposed requirements for social work education – These proposals should enable student social workers to receive high quality preparation in their degrees,that will give them the right skills and knowledge to join the profession.

5. Proposals for effective partnership working – these proposals show how partnerships between employers and higher education institutions can provide better practice placements for degree students, and continuing professional development for social workers.

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Includes:

  • An overarching professional standards framework
  • Standards for employers and a supervision framework
  • Principles that should underpin a continuing professional development framework
  • Proposed requirements for social work education
  • Proposals for effective partnership working