An overwhelming number of visitors to Community Care’s website
believe the training provided to frontline children and families
social workers is inadequate.
Eighty-five per cent said the training was not adequate, and
only 15 per cent said it was sufficient. The findings reflect a
Community Care survey which revealed that a majority of social
workers working with children and families believe they have not
received the training they need.
This week’s question asks: Should UK social services departments
recruit social workers from countries, such as South Africa, that
have severe social problems and a shortage of social workers?
Dr Zola Skweyiya, South Africa’s minister for social
development, told delegates at last week’s Community Care
Live conference that Britain was “robbing” South Africa of its
social workers. He called on the government in this country to
discourage the recruitment of key workers from South Africa.