Policy paper

Building a safe and confident future: detailed proposals from the Social Work Reform Board

Overview of the Social Work Reform Board's activity over the past year in implementing the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force.


The Social Work Reform Board progress report provides an overview of their activity over the past year in developing and implementing the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force.

These detailed proposals are the companion to the progress report and comprise of a series of papers which provide greater detail on the 5 main areas of reform, which are:

  1. An overarching professional standards framework - This sets out a proposed framework for expectations of social workers at every point in their career. It will be used to inform the design and implementation of education and training and the national career structure for social workers.

  2. Standards for employers and a supervision framework - These set out the proposed responsibilities of employers for the work conditions social workers need for safe and effective practice.

  3. Principles for a continuing professional development framework - These should underpin a framework of continuous learning for social workers to develop specialist knowledge and improve their practice.

  4. Proposed requirements for social work education - These should enable student social workers to receive high quality preparation in their degrees, which will give them the right skills and knowledge to join the profession.

  5. Proposals for effective partnership working - These show how partnerships between employers and higher education institutions can provide better practice placements for degree students, and continuing professional development for social workers.

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