Social Workers

Education and Skills written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many social workers were trained in the UK in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Skills

The numbers of people completing the diploma in social work in England in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available are:

1995-96 3,861
1996-97 3,671
1997-98 3,630
1989-99 3,189
1999-2000 3,251
2000-01 3,233
2001-02 3,427
2002-03 3,426
2003-04 3,547
2004-05 4,050
2005-06 3,448

1. The reporting period is the financial year, students completing the social work degree in summer 2006 are not included.

2. England only.


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In 2005-06 there were also an additional 58 early finishers of the new social work degree.

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