Plans To Split Adult Social Care Training Denied

The Government has denied it plans to announce a complete split between professional training for adult and children’s social workers. At last week’s meeting of the Conservative Party’s Social Work Commission, the Social Care Institute for Excellence’s chair Allan Bowman said the move was imminent.

But a spokeswoman for the Department of Health said there were no plans to change current training. Social workers take the same degree and specialise at postgraduate level.

The General Social Care Council also denied the move. Chief executive Lynne Berry said: “Social work is a single profession and requires a high level of common areas in initial training. Now is not the time to derail the modernisation of the profession.”