The £2m contract to develop a system that will transform the entry into children’s social work is set to be jointly awarded to consultancy giant KPMG and Morning Lane Associates, Community Care understands.
The three-tier accreditation system will be designed to ensure every children’s social worker in the country meets the minimum level of knowledge and skills set out by chief social worker Isabelle Trowler last summer.
The contract, put out to tender in January, invited bidders to develop a process of assessing social workers for the Approved Child and Family Practitioner status by next March.
‘Pass or fail’
Under the plans, social workers will not be able to practise with children until they have successfully completed a pass or fail test.
KPMG, one of the four largest professional services companies in the world, is expected to share the contract with Morning Lane Associates – the consultancy jointly set up by Isabelle Trowler along with former Hackney assistant director Steve Goodman after they developed the Reclaiming Social Work model.
Trowler resigned from the company when she became children’s chief social worker in September 2013. The company’s public accounts show she handed over her shares in the August before she took up her post.
This article was amended on 19 March to clarify Isabelle Trowler is not a shareholder in Morning Lane Associates