‘Employers fail to support staff’

    A lack of support from employers is “seriously disadvantaging”
    some candidates in social work education and training, according to
    new research.

    Work pressures are also having a negative impact on candidates’
    success rates, according to the General Social Care Council
    study.

    The report’s findings will be used by the GSCC to inform the new
    framework for post-qualifying training for social workers.

    There is also continuing concern that candidates from ethnic
    minorities are at greater risk of slow progression and failure than
    white candidates. The GSCC is working with the Social Care
    Institute for Excellence and the Race Equality Unit to investigate
    this.

    The study concludes that despite these areas needing improvement,
    social work training and education providers meet the GSCC’s
    standards and are committed to developing quality in the
    curriculum, teaching and assessment.

    • The GSCC’s quality assurance report for 2003-4 available from:
      www.gscc.org.uk

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