Department for Education: Social Services:Written question - 276201

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Asked on: 11 July 2019
Department for Education
Department for Education: Social Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on the (a) consultation on, (b) preparation for and (c) introduction of the National Assessment and Accreditation Systems for (i) social workers, (ii) social work supervisors and (iii) leaders.
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Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 19 July 2019

In total the government has spent £18.4 million on the consultation, preparation and introduction of the National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) for child and family social workers.

These costs can be further broken down into:

  • £4.6 million in preparation costs, which includes money spent on the proof of concept phase, the preparation of assessment materials and standard setting;
  • £4.1 million up to June 2018 on the introduction of assessments, of this £3.5 million has been in grants made to local authorities to support Children’s Services Departments and individual social workers prepare for the assessment;
  • £3.7 million from July 2018 to May 2019 was spent on running assessment centres and paid to private consultants to deliver this service; and
  • a further £6 million in 2018-19, which has been in grants to local authorities.

The department has spent no funds on consultation. The consultation and programme development of the NAAS has been resourced directly by the civil service who have engaged widely with both local authorities and individual social workers.

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