Social work reform: Committee publishes Government response

13 October 2016

The Education Committee has published the Government’s response to the Committee’s report on social work reform. This is published ahead of a House of Commons debate on Thursday 20 October 2016, led by Neil Carmichael, Chair of the Education Committee, on both the social work reform report and the Committee’s report on the mental health and well-being of looked after children.

In July the Education Committee published a report on social work reform (PDF 780KB), which called for the Department for Education to focus on facilitating the creation of a strong professional body to take the lead of a number of crucial functions in order to deliver improvement in the sector.

The report emphasised the need for immediate action to tackle endemic retention problems, caused by high caseloads and poor working conditions, and pressed the Department for Education to drastically improve the provision of continuing professional development with a new national career development framework.

Westminster Hall debate

The Government published its response to the Education Committee’s report on the mental health and well-being of looked-after children (PDF 601KB) on 13 September 2016.

Both these Committee reports are discussed in a Westminster Hall debate starting at 1.30pm on Thursday 20 October 2016.

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