Children’s social work to have new set of standards

The BBC is reporting that the government has announced changes to children’s social work in England, to restore confidence in the service…

A set of new professional standards will drive culture change and refocus the profession on the “frontline”, said Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

The move follows a series of scandals, including the revelation of widespread sexual abuse in Rotherham.

Mrs Morgan said the changes would ensure “the brightest and best lead rather than leave the profession”.

In a speech to the National Children and Adult Services Conference in Manchester, Mrs Morgan highlighted the Jay Report into Rotherham where 1,400 children were groomed and abused over a 16-year period.

She said the report had noted too much focus in social work departments on “reviews, audits and plans” rather than on frontline engagement with young people and their families.

She said social workers were often bound by needless red tape and too many were leaving the profession.

The Education Secretary announced plans for a new assessment and accreditation system for three levels of professional practice for children’s social workers.

The restructuring will include a new Approved Child and Family Practitioner status which will be an essential requirement for any social worker in cases of children in need, children at risk of harm and children in care…

There will also be a new status for social work supervisors, as “high quality supervision is essential for effective frontline practice”.

In addition, a new senior practice leader in every local authority will work with directors of children’s services…

A government statement of the knowledge and skills needed for children’s social work is due to be published next month…

Frontline chief executive Josh MacAlister called the announcement a “significant step”…

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