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.