The new social work degree to be introduced next September
should be more than three years in length according to former
directors president Mike Leadbetter, writes Clare
Speaking at a recruitment and retention conference in London, he
said the three-year degree should be extended to four years so it
can be more specialised.
Leadbetter, who is a former president of the Association of
Directors of Social Services, said the three-year degree was
welcome, but vets, accountants and lawyers all have a very lengthy
training period. Social workers should also train for longer, he
In order to retain good staff it was inevitable that the basic
pay rate for a social worker should increase to be between
£28,000 and £30,000, Leadbetter added.
“If we do not move towards that,” he said, “we will lose more
social workers and we will not be valuing our social workers,” he