Social care degree could be introduced

    A social care degree could be introduced if there is enough
    support for one within the sector, community care minister Stephen
    Ladyman said yesterday, writes Sally Gillen from the
    Topss annual conference.

    “My personal view is that if I was working in social care I
    would not want to have to be a social worker to be qualified to
    degree [level].” He added: “It seems instinctively to me that we
    should have that.”

    Speaking at the annual conference of training body Topss England
    in London, Ladyman said he wanted a debate on the possible creation
    of a new degree.

    He said just 25 per cent of workers were NVQ qualified, arguing
    that social workers made up a small proportion of the workforce,
    and there should perhaps be a course that “reflected that
    difference”.

    Questioned later about the delay of the adult green paper, which
    is now expected next month, Ladyman said it had been postponed
    because prime minister Tony Blair wanted to be involved in its
    launch.

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