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Social Work Improvement Fund

SWIF will support employers to reduce pressure on front line social workers, build capacity for reform and improvement and build on the steps that local authorities are taking to recruit and retain social workers.

It was announced in our remit letter that £43.9m has been allocated to the Social Work Improvement Fund which is more than double the 2010/11 funding. We have written to each DCS to confirm their area's allocation and the requirements to receive this funding.

Employer support

SWIF will support employers to:

  • Reduce pressure on front line social workers.
  • Build capacity for reform and improvement in social work with children and families.
  • Build on steps your authority is already taking to recruit and retain social workers, and to reshape the delivery of social work services.

Strategic support

We have put in place a series of strategic support arrangements which are flexible and light touch. These include:

  • Diagnostic and planning assistance from two visits by a social work improvement fund advisor.
  • Tools and guidance to support change strategies and project management.
  • Collaborative learning opportunities for social work leads to identify what national activity is most helpful in supporting and enabling employer-led reform in social work.

Peer support through the social work improvement fund advisors

The purpose of the two visits is to support local authorities to implement a local change strategy for social work. They will also collect information about the use of the social work improvement funding to provide a national picture of how the funding is being deployed.

The senior social work lead will meet with the social work improvement fund advisor to:

  • Identify the support each authority wishes to access.
  • Provide information about how the funding is being used.

We will ensure the social work improvement fund advisor receives:

  • Information about the projects with which their local authority is currently engaged.
  • Notification of how to engage with additional projects.
  • Information to access our online registration and payment system.
  • Feedback regarding any issues affecting local implementation.

Funding available to implement Munro recommendations

We are offering additional funding and training and development opportunities to local authorities and Local Safeguarding Children's Boards to support the implementation of the recommendations of Professor Munro's review.



Page updated: 19 October 2011

SWIF LA report 2010-11 (final report)

A new SWIF report, outlines the findings of advisor visits to local authorities, as part of a project to enable change and improvement within children’s social services.

Report on 151 visits to local authorities

SWIF LA report 2010-11 (interim report - visit one findings)

This interim report outlines the emerging findings of the first SWIF advisor visits to local authorities in 2010-11.

Interim report - SWIF visit one findings

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