You can read the Summary report on the revision of the Standards in Social Work Education consultation here.
Phase two report and recommendations
A report outlining the progress of phase two and next steps of the review is available below.
Research and areas of inquiry
The review commissioned a range of work during phase two to help inform its recommendations. These are available below.
- Integrated Learning in Social Work: A review of approaches to integrated learning for social work education and practice
- Implementing a Probationary Year for Social Workers in Scotland: An option appraisal prepared for the Scottish Social Services Council
- Revised Standards in Social Work Education and a benchmark Standard for Newly Qualified Social Workers
Areas of inquiry
- How can universities best select the right people for social work programmes?
- How can we maximise the impact of the collective experience of people who use social work services and their carers, in the design, development and delivery of social work programmes?
- To what extent should social work education have a stronger focus on community development and engagement?
- Is there a shared philosophy of learning across social work programmes and post qualifying learning?
- Should there be a core curriculum, if so, what should be in it?
- How much of the qualifying programme should be undertaken with students from other professional groups, and how can these opportunities be maximised?
- What new skills will social workers of the future need?
- What should practice learning look like?
- What are the key characteristics of effective university/employer partnerships?
- What role can social work qualifying education play in developing social workers as leaders of the profession?
A paper outlining the progress of phase one is available below.
Key sources of evidence considered to the end of phase one:
- Mapping of Standards in Social Work Education to the National Occupational Standards 2014
- Conclusions from research about the perceptions of newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) regarding preparedness and employer support
- Conclusions from research about the views of managers about the preparedness of NQSWs
- Matters raised within the SSSC Challenge-the Social Work Degree in the 21st Century
- Post Qualifying Learning Development Framework Report (2015).