A recent College of Social Work online debate highlighted a lack of consistency across practice educator assessments.
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The Social Work Reform Board is proposing that all practice education teachers should be qualified social workers and the quality of placements improved. Sally Gillen reports
Trowler urges Social Work Education to tackle student concerns on lack of anti-discriminatory practice focus
Chief social worker for children and families Isabelle Trowler has written to Social Work England’s chief executive urging him to address “serious concerns” from students over a lack of focus on anti-discriminatory practice.
In a series of tweets this week,…
Tiffany Green, an American social worker and practice educator now based in London, gives her take on the latest proposals for reforming the education system in England
‘It’s time we paid proper attention to the central role of practice educators within social work education’
David Croisdale-Appleby's emphasis on improving practice education is to be welcomed, says social work lecturer Cathie Jasper
Florence Watson, Helen Burrows and Chris Player.
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Ofsted has downgraded a local authority after finding workforce instability was driving inconsistent practice.
Inspectors said Wigan council had shown some recovery from a deterioration in practice following its last inspection, in 2017, when it was rated good, under strengthened…
Social Work England has issued proposed statements of what students should know on graduation, to tackle inconsistencies in outcomes from training courses.
The 78 ‘readiness for professional practice’ statements – issued for consultation last week – cover knowledge, skills and…
Story updated 23 June 2022
“Exemplary” practice” based on strong social work fundamentals and investment in keeping families together safely has helped a council rise from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’.
After being praised for the strength of its early help and…
‘Enthusiastic and motivated’ social workers improving practice at ‘inadequate’ council, finds Ofsted
Improvements in child protection practice at an ‘inadequate’ local authority have “accelerated” in the hands of “enthusiastic and motivated” social workers, Ofsted has found.
A monitoring visit to East Riding council, which received the lowest possible inspection grade shortly before…
A care review recommendation to require all registered social workers to carry out 100 hours a year of client-facing work has drawn criticism from academics.
The review said the proposal, which it said Social Work England should make a requirement…
What would most improve child protection in England?
Lower caseloads for child protection social workers (63%, 701 Votes)
Setting up expert multi-agency units to handle all child protection cases (16%, 184 Votes)
Improved multi-agency working without setting up expert units…
“Significant” difficulties recruiting social workers are undermining practice and thwarting improvements at an ‘inadequate’ local authority, Ofsted has found.
In a since rating the authority as inadequate in 2019 , inspectors found its recruitment problems had negatively affected the services…
Universities are losing out on students and practice placements because of the higher bursaries and fees offered by fast-track providers, claim education leaders.
This was among the reasons cited by the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee (JUCSWEC) for…
Relationship-based practice and edge of care services are helping keep the number of children entering care below the long-term average, councils have said.
This was the most common explanation proffered by authorities in submitting data showing that care…
Fast-track graduates appear to be no more likely to leave children’s social work than peers educated through traditional routes, but many experience a “disconnect” between their training programmes and the realities of social work, a review has concluded.
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