Social workers alienated by government plans
March 11, 2016 2 comments
Government plans for the future of social work have left workers feeling “sidelined” and “patronised”.
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is the largest professional association for people in the profession in the UK. Responding to an inquiry launched by the Education Select Committee on social work training, the BASW insisted that changes would “undermine” a profession “already under pressure at a time of cuts”.
With the average social worker now spending just eight years in the profession, more effort needed to be spent on retaining staff, it claimed.
BASW chief executive Bridget Robb said the government appeared to have adopted an attitude that social work was “failing”.
“The deficit perspective is both incorrect and damaging for service users, professionals and society in general.”
She did, however, praise the fast track Step Up To Social Work training scheme.
“Step up to Social Work was controversial when it started, but is now regarded as a good innovation and is turning out good social workers.”
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March 11, 2016
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