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Social Work in England: First Reflections

Social Work in England: First Reflections is the first of 2 interim reports on social work leading to a landmark report in 2023.

Social Work in England: First Reflections

Social Work in England: First Reflections is the first of 2 interim reports on social work leading to a landmark report in 2023.

In this interim report, we share our reflections on our first year as the new specialist regulator for social workers in England. Our role uniquely positions us to offer insight and inform quality conversations about social work, and we are committed to sharing what we learn with the public, the profession and our stakeholders. 

The report covers 4 key areas: 

  1. Learning to be a social worker: we share what we’ve learned from our first year inspecting courses and from speaking to course providers, employers and students.
     
  2. Social workers in England: an overview of the social work workforce, exploring how we use insight and research to engage with the profession and people with lived experience.
      
  3. Career-long learning: an outline of what we’ve learned from introducing a new model of continuing professional development (CPD), what research has told us, and our plans for the future.
     
  4. Investigating concerns: we set out our experience of addressing concerns and reflect on our unique model and engagement-led approach. 

Threaded through the report are reflections on how we advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion in social work, and how we navigate the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.

We will publish a second interim report next year and a full state of the nation report into social work in 2023.

View and download the Social Work in England: First Reflections report

 

Date published: 21 January 2021

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