Frontline’s fast-track training programme for children’s social workers looks set to be approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) following a second assessment of its plans.
The training programme, which seeks to train graduates to be social workers, was set a number of conditions by the HCPC when it was first assessed back in March this year but is now set to get formal approval in early July.
A spokeswoman for the HCPC said: “Following a further visit to the Frontline social work programme, HCPC visitors are satisfied that the programme has met the conditions set and now meets our standards of education and training.
“The visitors will recommend the programme for approval by the Education and Training Committee at its next meeting on Wednesday 2 July, who will make the final approval decision.”
A Frontline spokesman said: “We look forward to the final decision from the Education and Training Committee, which will be taken at its next meeting.”
Frontline intends to take in its first cohort of would-be social workers at its five-week summer institute at the end of July.
After this, the students will enter a one-year work placement at the end of which they will qualify before spending another year practising as a newly qualified social worker.
The training scheme failed to get approval in March after the HCPC assessors concluded that while Frontline had met 26 of the HCPC standards conditions should be set on the remaining 31 standards.
Problem areas at the time included concerns about whether Frontline would equip social workers with the skills for adult social work.