Social work consultancy wins government contract to run former College functions

Daisy Bogg Consultancy Ltd to take responsibility for hosting principal social worker networks and certifying completion of ASYE programmes

Story amended 10am, 8 October 10am

A social work consultancy has won the government’s tender to run a series of services formerly delivered by The College of Social Work (TCSW).

Daisy Bogg Consultancy Ltd will support the principal social worker networks for children’s and adults’ services, host government-commissioned documents produced by the College and provide certificates to adults’ social workers who complete the assessed and supported year in employment.

The project will be run by a group of people, most of whom were formerly involved in the running of the College:

  • Daisy Bogg, director of the consultancy and formerly practice development adviser at TCSW.
  • Terry Bogg, also a director of the consultancy.
  • Anne Mercer, the College’s former professional adviser.
  • Vijay Patel, formerly senior professional standards lead at the College.
  • Maggie Challis, associate at the consultancy and formerly education adviser to the College.
  • Kate Johnson, also an associate at Daisy Bogg Consultancy Ltd and former education adviser to TCSW.

The Department of Health, which issued the tender, is yet to make a formal announcement but both Johnson and Bogg unveiled the news on Twitter today:

 

BASW taking on functions

The news comes a week after the formal closure of TCSW and seven weeks after it was announced that the British Association of Social Workers would take on a raft of other College functions. These include hosting the professional capabilities framework and responsibility for the endorsement framework for post-qualifying programmes.

In addition, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie) has taken on responsibility for the social work qualification verification service, which verifies the qualifications of people who trained before the advent of the social work degree and have lost their original certificates.

Also, the College’s framework for endorsing qualifying social work education programmes has gone to the Greater Lancashire Social Work and Education and Training Network, temporarily, pending a government decision on the future regulation of social work education.

With four organisations now running former College functions there will be a need to coordinate work. A Scie spokesperson said:

“We look forward to collaborating with other providers of legacy functions to provide a coordinated service to social workers.”

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6 Responses to Social work consultancy wins government contract to run former College functions

  1. Winter of discontent October 8, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    I wonder if these people were associated with both the TCSW and Daisy Bogg consultancy at the same time?

    I ask was there any conflict of interest with being associated with both agencies? and was there a disclosure made of any conflict with being associated with both?

    • Mithran Samuel
      Mithran Samuel October 8, 2015 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks for that. In this case the contract was awarded by the Department of Health so the people who were running the College at the time it closed would not have had a role in deciding who won it, in contrast to the tender the College itself ran some weeks ago, which was won by BASW.

    • Jeremiah October 16, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

      Winter if Discontent
      I must agree,that surely the persons involved knew or were made aware that a failing TCSW would transcribe into a opportunity for them. Thus, giving them a front row advantage in competing for the tender. In essence they will also have less responsibility than TCSW had. I would like to know:(a) the finer details of the bidding process (b) the value of the contracts (c) the other bidders …. you get what Im getting at. We need transparency.

  2. Nikita Allen October 16, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    What does this mean for those who would rely on the NHS bursary to get a social work qualification starting September 2016?