Social Work Recruitment for Graduates to become a Priority
Under new Government plans, encouragement will be given to graduates to enter into social work in a bid to get more high-flyers into these types of careers. A new charity, Frontline, who specialise in social worker recruitment are to be backed to ensure that attacks on children are made far more preventable.
The news comes as a review of an abuse case in Doncaster’s Edlington is published, where two brothers aged 11 and 12 tortured two younger boys in 2009. In an earlier review, the harm suffered at the hands of these brothers was found to be “preventable” and if potential risks had been identified as they should, the harm suffered would have been lessened.
The Edlington case was also inspected in a recent Ofsted report, which stated that Doncaster children’s services care was still risking some children’s safety. The October review was conducted over a ten day period and studied how well the council services in place were protecting and helping young adults and children.
The report found that in some cases the risks posed to some children and families were not being managed correctly.
Education Secretary, Michael Grove, who is pushing for the running of Frontline said in a recent speech in London: “The state is currently failing in its duty to keep our children safe.
“When we do intervene it is often too late. We do not learn properly from what went wrong to improve matters in the future.”
He also went on to say that there had been a “fundamental lack of confidence in social workers” by previous governments, saying too much central prescription had been placed on the profession.
However, he did go on to say that preconceptions of the teaching profession had been acknowledged by the previous government, which allowed for more self confidence in backing charities such as TeachFirst. This, he went on to say, “persuaded the best graduates from the best universities to enter the classroom.”
The same now needs to be done in the case of social workers, he suggests. “They too need support to improve their practice. That is why the College of Social Work has been set up and we are planning to establish the office of chief social worker.
“More requires to be done – both in improving initial training and enhancing leadership – but the recognition is there – among ministers and social workers – that we need to work harder to improve how the profession operates.
“By providing a shorter and more focused training programme – just as TeachFirst does with its recruits – one of the biggest barriers to entry for gifted graduates contemplating social work has been cleared.
“That is why I intend – on receipt of a proper business plan in the next few months – to support Frontline’s establishment and get it up and running as soon as possible.”