GSCC review of social work roles and tasks

    The review into social work roles and tasks reported last month. The General Social Care Council-led review, which came out of the Options for Excellence review into the social care workforce, was released at the National Children and Adults Services Conference last month.

    The GSCC’s Owen Davies trailed the report at a conference in London earlier in the month.

    Speaking at Community Care LIVE children and families, Davies said that the inquiry had identified key tasks that children’s social workers were best placed and trained to carry out. The key tasks for children’s social workers were: taking action to safeguard children, including removing them from families if they are at risk of harm; and looking after children in care.

    The inquiry also said that children and families social workers and departments must work together and in partnership with other agencies and professionals. Service users must also have a voice in the developing and commissioning of services, it will say.

    More on the report.

    But the report underwhelmed many in the social work sector. Delegates at the National Children and Adults Services Conference called the inquiry’s findings woolly and wet.

    Criticisms of the report

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