MPs begin probe into children’s social work training

An influential committee of MPs has started an inquiry into the training of children and families social workers.

The Children, Schools and Families select committee will examine issues including whether entry routes to the profession are “sufficiently flexible” for mature entrants and career changers, and question the quality and content of the social work degree.

It could also look at the effectiveness of the GSCC in regulating the quality of training and how to improve the post-qualifying training and career development.

Committee chairman Barry Sheerman MP said: “The preparation that social workers recieve to do their very difficult job with children is of great interest to the committee and of great importance to families. We want to examine the issues to see if the government – through the Social Work Taskforce – is taking the right approach to training and supporting new social workers.”

The deadline for submissions is 8 May.

More information

Details on how to submit evidence to the inquiry

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