Social Workers: Training

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of professional social work placements required in 2013-14, excluding the Step Up programme, in order to meet the needs of social workers in training.

Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of professional social work placements provided by (a) local authorities, (b) third sector organisations and (c) other bodies in 2014-15.

Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many professional social work placements were provided by (a) local authorities, (b) third sector organisations and (c) other bodies in 2013-14.

Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of professional social work placements required to meet the needs of social workers in training, other than in the Step Up programme, in 2014-15.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The number of placement days and number of social work practice placements for the 2012-13 academic year are shown in the following table.

Universities will submit their final returns on social work practice placements to the NHS Business Services Authority for the 2013-14 academic year in November 2014.

The Department estimates that a similar number of placements and placement days to 2013-14 will be required in the 2014-15 academic year.

Social Work Practice Placements in the 2012-13 academic year

Number of Placements

Number of Placement Days

Local Authorities

637

57,393

Third Sector Organisations

3,687

287,050

Other

9,098

777,548

Total

13,422

1,121,991

Source: NHS Business Services Authority

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