The two-year updating of social work post-qualifying training is
nearly completed with the publication of the proposed
If adopted – the proposals are to be consulted on for six
weeks – the new post-qualifying framework will be introduced
in early 2006. The three new awards are in specialist social work,
higher specialist social work and advanced social work.
The England Post-qualifying Consortia welcomed it, but had
concerns about the abolition of a certificate awarded to people
under the current system one-third of the way through their
It said the proposals for the new system did not contain any
equivalent mid-course awards which recognised workers’
progress when they couldn’t complete the courses.