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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2009): Social care - UK

Bonus culture shock

A. Mickel

Community Care, Sept. 10th 2009, p. 16-17

Bonuses remain a popular way of attempting to raise standards in many fields. Although so far little used in social work, they are set to be a feature of at least one of the six social work practice pilots due to be launched in October 2009. However, many professionals are opposed to embracing an ethos that has spawned accusations of greed in other sectors.

Facing up to the task - The interim report of the Social Work Task Force

Social Work Task Force


In its second interim report the Task Force proposes reforms of social work training, including: 1) an assessed and supported first year in practice before social work students can become qualified; 2) the creation of a National College for Social Work to provide a strong voice for the profession; 3) a tightening of the regulation of the social work degree; and 4) a stronger partnership between employers and higher education institutions in relation to social work education. Other proposals include a national pay structure for social work in England and new performance indicators to measure the quality of practice rather than processes.

The fast track into social work

C. Kenny

Community Care, Aug. 27th 2009, p. 18-19

In July 2009 the government announced that 200 professionals such as lawyers and teachers looking for a change of career would be able to access a fast track, on -the-job route to becoming children's social workers. However, there are doubts about whether anyone can become an effective social worker after a year's placement without returning to university.

Together they cracked it


Community Care, Aug.27th 2009, p. 26-27

This article shows how joint working between services has been used successfully to reduce hospital admissions in Devon and to support family carers in Gloucestershire. The Torquay North intermediate care team is made up of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, district nurses, social workers and a community matron. It provides intensive support to re-able patients and empower them to continue to live independently. A carers' emergency scheme in Gloucestershire provides free professional care to vulnerable people at home if their relative is faced with sudden illness, accident or travel delay.

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