Social Work Taskforce

Education written question – answered on 16th September 2010.

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Photo of Jake Berry Jake Berry Conservative, Rossendale and Darwen

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take in response to the recommendations of the Social Work Taskforce report.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Government have announced their commitment to meeting and building upon the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force. It is important that the Social Work Reform Board's progress in implementing those recommendations is maintained. I attended the Reform Board's 9 July 2010 meeting. The minutes of this meeting, once agreed by the Reform Board, will be made available on their website, at

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/swrb/documents.shtml

The Secretary of State for Education has also confirmed the following funding to support social work reform:

A £23 million Local Social Work Improvement Fund will be available to local authority children's services in 2010-11.

The continuation of Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) programmes to support recruitment and retention of social workers.

Funding to support the establishment of an independent College of Social Work.

Continuation of pilots of Social Work Practices.

The Department for Education is building on the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force to ensure that further improvements can be made in children's social work practice. To this end, on 10 June 2010, the Secretary of State for Education announced the Munro Review of Child Protection which, building on the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force, will focus on identifying the barriers that need to be removed to enable frontline children and families' social workers to practise effectively. Professor Munro will make her final report in April 2011.

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