The Social Work Task Force issued its final report to ministers in December 2009, outlining a comprehensive action plan to raise the quality and status of the social work profession in England.
The 15 recommendations include an overhaul of the training system; a new licence to practise scheme replacing registration; national standards for employers on support to frontline social workers; and an independent college to give the profession a national voice.
The government has accepted all the recommendations. Children’s secretary Ed Balls described the report as a “watershed moment for the profession”.
The taskforce is a panel of 18 experts appointed by Balls and former health secretary Alan Johnson in January 2009 to review frontline social work practice in England. They met 12 times, analysed 97 pieces of written evidence and 370 responses to an online survey in response to their call for evidence. More than 1,000 social workers had their say at regional events.
Articles from Community Care about the taskforce’s recommendations include: