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Children’s social care workforce inquiry

Consultation opens
17 July - 30 August 2019
Deadline to submit comments to Together for Short Lives
22 August 2019
Deadline to submit comments to Education Committee
30 August 2019

The Education Committee has launched an inquiry which aims to look at the children’s social care workforce, examining what is needed from social work, and by social workers, to ensure that children and their families are given the best possible help, support, and protection.

The Committee will explore issues around the capacity of social workers to intervene early to provide support and how effectively social workers can access professional development and support. The inquiry will also look at how initiatives and reforms to social work training have impacted on the workforce and how far social workers are supported to uphold their responsibilities under relevant legislation.

You can read more about the consultation, and read the consultation documents, on the UK government website.

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