Social work reform Contents


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction


Our inquiry

The Government’s reform agenda

Our Report

2 The role of central government

The implementation of reforms

Departmental co-ordination

Fragmentation: children and adults

The Chief Social Workers

3 Initial training

Initial education

Specialisation in initial education


Financial parity

Collaboration with universities

4 Post-qualifying training

Improving the skills of the workforce

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Accreditation and assessment

Assessed and Supported Year in Employment

5 Retention

Influence of accelerated ‘qualifying routes’

Improving working conditions

Fixing the ‘blame’ culture

Improving media coverage

Creating a learning culture

Workforce planning

6 Professional body, regulation and leadership

Social work professional body

The closure of the College of Social Work

Replacing the College

The new regulator

The future of Principal Social Workers

7 Structural change and innovation

‘Different ways of working’: innovation in children’s social care

Intervention and new structures

8 Conclusion

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: Private seminar on social work reform

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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12 July 2016