Making the education of social workers consistently effective: report of Sir Martin Narey’s independent review of the education of children’s social workers

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Narey, Martin
Publisher
Department for Education
Date of publication
13 February 2014
Subject(s)
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Children and Young People, Education and Skills
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This report of Sir Martin Narey’s independent review of the education of children’s social workers examines how reforms from recent years had impacted on basic training and whether there are improvements that still need to be made.

This review makes 18 recommendations. Reforms proposed include:

  • a concise, single document to be drafted, which would offer a summary of what a newly qualified children’s social worker needs to understand.
  • The College of Social Work endorsement scheme needs to be compulsory for all institutions offering the social work degree.
  • Universities should be encouraged to develop degrees for those intending to work in children’s social work.
  • The requirement that social workers have placements in contrasting service settings should be relaxed to allow those intent on a career in children’s social work to spend all 170 days of placement in a children’s setting.
  • Ministers should consider whether there is a case for introducing a work based, non-graduate qualification for those in children’s social care.

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