The Social Work Reform Board (SWRB), set up in January 2010, leads a national social work reform programme. It aims to develop a social work system that provides high quality services from social workers that are well supported, and in whom the public feels confident.
The Board leads implementation of the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force (December 2009). It has an advisory role, and reports to government ministers in the Department for Education (DfE), Department of Health (DH) and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
It brings together everyone who has a role in social work reform – educators, employers, professional associations, unions and the new College of Social Workers – to work together to put in place the reforms that are necessary.
The reform programme covers all aspects of social work for adults and children. The Board is working jointly with and through many partners, to develop a strong and sustainable system that will educate and support social workers to practice at the highest possible level.
The Social Work Reform Board published 'Building a safe and confident future: one year on', in December 2010 giving an overview of Social Work Reform Board activity over the past year. The Board is looking to the wider social work sector to take forward and test proposals and feedback views to support implementation. If you are a social worker, a service user or carer or you work in an organisation that employs, trains or educates social workers some or all of the proposals they are making may affect you.
Further information about the Board, its minutes and activity of its working groups, timescales, and progress on implementing specific aspects of the reform programme can be found on the SWRB website.
Social Work Reform Board
Department for Education
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