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Review of Social Work Education

We led the Review of Social Work Education and our work on the review is continuing.

During 2018/19 we will:

  • revise, publish and implement an updated Framework and Standards in Social Work Education
  • explore graduate level apprenticeships and other work-based routes into social work with the sector
  • develop a new Standard for Continuous Professional Learning for social service workers.

The following recommendations from the review will need further work on implementation and funding implications so Scottish Ministers can consider them fully. Work has been started in partnership with social work educators and employers to take these forward.

  • Development of a shared approach to social work professional learning.
  • Introduction of a mandatory, supported year for newly qualified social workers (NQSW).
  • Widening access to social work education.

One of the key recommendations of the review was to establish a partnership approach to encourage and enable the full engagement of employers, educators and other key stakeholders to ensure continued improvement in quality and consistency of social work qualifying programmes.

The Review Group recommended the development of a formal partnership at national level, with formal regional partnerships to support and enable a shared approach to professional learning and to ensure shared ownership, understanding and accountability across key partners.

The Scottish Government is supporting the establishment of a Social Work Education Partnership to facilitate this recommendation and we are working alongside partners to support this. COSLA is establishing the partnership with funding from Scottish Government.

Find out more

For more information please contact Anne Tavendale at:

Read more about the background to the Review of Social Work Education, research and reports and our consultation on the Standards in Social Work Education here.

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