Ladyman champions training framework

    Stephen Ladyman has backed the new postqualifying training
    framework for social workers. The community care minister said the
    framework, unveiled by the General Social Care Council last week,
    would improve practice.

    There will be three awards – specialist, higher and advanced – to
    replace the existing PQ1-6 awards from September 2007. The views of
    service users and carers have helped shape the new framework.

    Employers and academic institutions can now develop courses for
    qualified social workers that take into account their training
    requirements in light of recent changes, such as the social work
    degree, social care register and new roles for social workers.
    Regional planning networks will also bring together employers and
    universities so that programmes are relevant locally.

    • PQ framework from www. gscc.org.uk/qualified.htm

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