NOPT AW Presentation October 14

January 6, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Business, Economics
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Professor Aidan Worsley [email protected] @aidanworsley

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Great social work practitioners/educators – with a breadth of experience Great values -awareness of social justice and social work values Great teams - supportive environments and strong supervision Great partnerships – effective, responsive Very significant policy/ economic challenges – but amidst all this clamour SW endures…

Closed upon recruitment of Chief Social Workers

Produced important documents around CPD, Partnerships, SW Education, Admissions

Set in motion The College of Social Work

ASYE (Assessed and Supported Year in Employment) with TCSW – builds upon NQSW, some ‘requirements’ placed upon employers around supervision, workload relief etc.

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President of ADCS Hackney model ‘crap social workers’ Teaching background LA senior management / Hackney/ London voice dominant

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The Professional Capabilities Framework Underlined generic curriculum Tougher Admissions requirements/ processes Additional curriculum guidance Assessed Readiness for Direct Practice New placement structure and holistic assessment Plus compliance with QAA, HCPC (SETS/SOPS) and internal validation

Began September 2013 – UG students are literally on their first placement

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Compression and the DfE Step Up to Social Work Frontline (Summer 14)

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Lamb and the DH Baroness Tyler Review Mental Health ‘Frontline’ called Think Ahead


“I have been told not to accommodate children as this will cost too much and we do not have the placements for them. I have also been told not to take cases to child protection as there are no social workers to take the case.” “Ofsted observed the number of child protection cases was very high so the [local authority] reduced the number of child protection plans.” “I had a child who was repeatedly neglected with other professionals raising concerns. However, child protection thresholds were not met and the child was deemed a child in need.”

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Evidence suggests supply of social workers will not equal demand until 2022 But, LAs preferring to employ temps to NQSWs 13 LAs carrying 50+ vacancies, 4 carrying 100+ and 2 carrying 200+ ◦ Wokingham/ City of London/ Cheshire West/ Luton all in top 10

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Older workers leaving 70% say caseloads unmanageable

Emphasis on qualifying training incongruent with data

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Curriculum guidance confused and inadequate Need to ‘increase’ calibre of entrants and lower numbers Extend Step-Up and Frontline programmes (he notes retention as key indicator) Specialisation of qualifying training – final years focus on C&F Workbased non-graduate qualification for social care Detach from HCPC Toughen Endorsement…

…there is nothing here about the quality of teaching (which, regrettably, is not observed), the entry calibre of students, the robustness of examination or other assessment systems, or the extent to which new graduates are ready for employment. And it is impossible to believe that the quality of placement provision can be assessed on a day visit to the university

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Crushingly anecdotal Selective evidence undermines impact Plain wrong in some areas

But much food for thought

Very well promoted Supported by Gove- but perhaps not Morgan/ the DfE? HCPC – enshrined in legislation

But the main problem…

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See the social worker as a practitioner, a

Fewer, better, PG students – 300+ (3 Bs)

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professional and as a social scientist

Better placements, better relationships – more cash

Retain genericism (‘social work lite’ routes critiqued) More research skills for practitioners, more IPL Merge HCPC/ TCSW regulatory function – keep both ASYE becomes Licence to Practice/ Revalidation

Phase out UG bursaries

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Evidential approach, less combative Received hardly any press coverage Losing a key demographic – mature UG student CPD in focus Money in focus- but unrealistic Wary of ‘quick fix’ of fast track routes

PEPS (PE Professional Standards) ◦ Vital importance of the PVI sector  Innovation, Capacity, Reflecting workforce

Placement funding - £20 a day ◦ The dangers of driving down PE fees

Bursaries – PG direction, £18m savings already ◦ Placement staff vital, partnership & SWET networking, conflict...

So many avenues for division

CPD ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦

Removal of PQ framework but no replacement Many alternatives developed - filling vacuum Practice Educators – parallels with AMHPs Why should it not all sit in an academic framework?

Knowledge & Skills Statements x 2 ◦ Sets out what Children's and Adults social workers need to know ◦ Tested (by whom?) for ‘approved status’ at end of ASYE ◦ Separate one for Adults (LR)  4 x DOs, 2 written pieces, several work products, TCSW role

Complex and emerging picture – offering signposts – more change to come DfE and DH playing punch bag with social work and SW education? Can they find a compromise? Institutionalising divisions No chance to implement and evaluate change ◦ Change ideological rather than evidence based

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Social work as a profession needs to take back control of these scenarios- engage in these debates Desperate need for a renewed emphasis and funding for CPD – but is it nil sum? Need to strive for the production of excellent social workers together – in partnership Educating the profession Remembering why we are doing this! - that we are still providing a strong service that protects children, their families and adults

[email protected] @aidanworsley

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