Supporting social workers to provide help and protection to children

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Step Up to Social Work

Step Up to Social Work is a training programme which enables trainees to work towards a qualification to practise as a social worker at the same time as gaining intensive hands-on experience. It has been designed to enable high-achieving graduates or career changers who have experience of working with children and young people to train to become qualified social workers.

Step Up to Social Work is open to anyone who has:

  • a 1st class or 2:1 degree in any discipline (except social work)
  • GCSEs in English and mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • experience of working with children, young people and families
  • the emotional resilience to become an effective social worker

Applications for the latest round of Step Up closed in May 2013. The programme will begin in January 2014.

If you have any queries, please contact the Step Up to Social Work team at the Department for Education.

Step Up to Social Work team at DfE

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