This report contains information about the progress of social work reform over the past year and launches proposals which cover five key areas. It explains the case for social work reform that was built by the Social Work Task Force and the national social work reform programme set up to take forward its recommendations.

The reforms proposed in this report are fundamental and long term. They cover the whole career of a social worker from selection onto degree courses, to improving the skills and capacity of those already in the profession.

The proposed changes are interrelated, and at their heart is a set of overarching professional standards which will shape what social workers should know and do as students, as newly qualified social workers, and at different stages in their careers.

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  • Introduction
  • The Case for Social Work Reform
  • The Conditions for Reform
  • Reform in Action
  • Annexes