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Achievements of the last five years

Groundbreaking programmes to recruit and retain social workers, pioneering approaches to embed integrated working practices, and the development of the first professional qualification for early year workers are just some of our achievements.

We've launched new initiatives that empower employers to support their local workforce

  • Responding to the needs of local authorities, we developed the Portal - a single payment processing point which distributed £30m in its first six months.
  • We've delivered over 22,000 accredited training places to build capacity in the voluntary and community sector young people's workforce.
  • 200 middle managers in local areas are taking part in social work peer support programmes to tackle issues and share learning.
  • 29 experienced senior social workers now support local areas to improve social work practices by implementing local change strategies.

We've supported employers to improve results by joining up services

  • 97% of local authorities have signed up to the Voluntary Sector Engagement fund to support workforce reform activities with a voluntary sector partner.
  • All 152 children's trusts in England used the One Children's Workforce framework to help their professionals understand how to work better together.
  • 90% of local areas have completed an integrated working self assessment, to help them (and us) understand better what works and what doesn't.
  • We trained 1,625 young people's workforce managers to work in an atmosphere of radical change and to work better with other leaders and managers across the sector. This is the culmination of a three-year programme that has successfully trained over 5,900 existing leaders and managers and aspiring leaders.
  • 44% of local authorities have training plans for roll out of the common core.
  • 100% of local authorities access one or more help and advice sessions.

We've invested in the workforce to raise standards and encourage continuous professional development

  • 15,300 people have registered on our online safer recruitment training and 4,866 have completed the training course.
  • Over 4,000 playworkers are supported by our playwork programme.
  • More than 7,000 practitioners working in children's residential and foster care have accessed the Increasing Skills in Social Care Fund for NVQ and Diploma training.

We have successfully responded to employer's need to improve skills and provide development for both early and later intervention staff and volunteers and will continue to do so

  • In the young people's workforce we have funded training for 53 graduates, 165 foundation degree students and 181 advanced apprentices, through nine statutory and voluntary consortia across England.
  • Our Leadership programme was fully subscribed with 44 people completing the programme.
  • We've launched a set of standards and induction materials for short break carers.

We've improved the workforce's skills and qualifications

  • We launched the Level 2 Certificate and the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce.
  • Current delivery of the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce is across England, Wales and Scotland.
  • We published a new Foundation Degree Framework for Working Together with Young People, which gives learners training in specialist skills as well as broader placement experience and an understanding of integrated working.
  • We published the Skills Development Framework, which employers, training providers, sector skills councils and workforce development managers are now using to inform workforce training and qualifications. It describes the skills and competences needed by everyone working within integrated settings at different levels in the young people's workforce.
  • We refreshed our common and sector-specific induction training materials at the start of this year. In total over 2010/2011 we have issued 2,632 induction training certificates to 1,645 individuals.

... and in Early Intervention

  • 6,944 people have gained Early Years Professional Status with a further 3,638 in training.
  • We launched the New Leaders in Early Years project.
  • 1,059 family intervention key workers and practitioners working in Sure Start children's centres and extended services received training on evidence based parenting programmes.
  • 1,116 outreach practitioners have started training or are registered on Families Going Forward training programmes.
  • There was such high demand for the 600 places on Working with Parents qualifications - we had to start a waiting list in the first week of launch.

We encouraged people to Be the Difference and improved professional standards in social work

  • 57,000 people responded to our Be the Difference campaign to recruit more social workers and there was a direct increase in registrants applying for a social work course in 2010.
  • Over 5,000 newly qualified social workers have now joined our Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) programme, with over 1,400 progressing onto our Early Professional Development (EPD) programme to support their 2nd or 3rd year of employment.
  • Around 320 candidates have been supported to take their masters degree in social work through our Graduate Recruitment Scheme. (GRS).
  • Over 2,000 potential candidates applied for the Step Up to Social Work programme, which has led to eight regional partnerships participating and has resulted in nearly 200 trainees on their way to qualifying for a Masters in Social Work.
  • We've supported over 400 qualified social workers to return to the profession on our Return to Social Work project.

We've increased our understanding of the workforce and the needs of employers

  • Last year 691,771 unique visitors visited our website.
  • We launched an information line service and handled over 12,200 calls or emails from employers in the first nine months of operation.
  • We published research to inform the development of professional pathways for the children's workforce.
  • 80% of practitioners felt having Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) increased their confidence and confirmed the programme had an impact on their ability to make positive change in their settings.
  • 130 local authorities, over 6,800 employers and 45,965 members of the workforce are now using the Early Years Workforce Qualifications Audit Tool.
  • We asked early years employers to help us revise the apprenticeship framework.
  • We approached 800 employers from the private, voluntary and community sectors for their views on their workforce, which provided significant information in a National Survey.

We've delivered extensive efficiency savings without compromising on the quality of our work

  • Our National Audit Office report showed our corporate services are among the most efficient in the Department for Education family.
  • We adapted to a budget reduction of £15m and then further reduced our budget by £6.5m. We also saved £515k as a result of an internal review.
  • We successfully managed the transition of work from the National Academy of Parenting Practitioners in April 2010.
Page updated: 11 April 2011

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Recent news

Having your say is just a click away 16 January
CWDC is pleased to announce the launch of a 10 week online consultation as part of the review of the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) standards.
Fully funded Early Years Professional Status places still available 06 January
Applications to the January 2012 Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) programme will remain open until January 17.
Munro training dates announced 20 October
Training designed to help Directors of Children's Services deliver recommendations from the Munro review has been announced.
New editable foster care workbook and guidance online now 20 October
CWDC's new editable foster care workbook and guidance can be downloaded now from our website.
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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