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Launch of the Final Report of the Social Work Task Force

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

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The formal launch of the final report of the Social Work Task Force will take place on Tuesday 1 December 2009 at Central Hall, Westminster.  This event will be the first opportunity to hear the contents of this report. Registration is required by Thursday 26 November.
This report will set out in detail the recommendations to Government for a programme of comprehensive reform of the social work system in England. Delegates at this event will be the first to hear the contents of the report, as well as a presentation by Moira Gibb, Chair of the Social Work Task Force, and to hear the Government’s response. Members of the Task Force will explore the contents of the report and answer questions. Register here

Indications about the final recommendations:
• The profession needs a stronger, more coherent voice
• A new organisation to support social work which could take the form of a National College for Social Work (interesting to contemplate the future roles of the GSCC, Skills for Care, Children’s Workforce Development Council, Social Care Institute for Excellence and the National Skills Academy for Social Care)
• Different progression routes and career pathways for social work – (management should be one of a number of routes)
• Development of the Advanced Professional Social Worker role
• The importance of high quality CPD (and presumably implications for the current GSCC PRTL)
• A post-qualifying framework which is linked to career progression 
• Support for social workers in improving their basic skills, where required (how basic?)
• Reforms to include guidance on supervision and caseloads
• Recommendations about the ICS and the need for development of IT systems which support social workers as well as providing management information
• A pre-qualifying year and a license to practice
• Closer collaboration between employers and educators (since these partnerships already exist at qualifying and post-qualifying level it will be interesting to see how the recommendations will promote more effective joint working).

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Promoting the health and well being of London’s looked after children

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

young london mattersHealth and well being are central to the quality of the lives of children in care. We know that looked after children often experience worse outcomes, particularly in what they achieve and attain, but it is also the same for many health aspects of their lives.
The Government office for London commissioned a scoping review to identify emerging practise supporting the health and well being of Looked after children, particularly around increasing access to CAMHS, Sexual Health, Immunisations and Vaccinations, Annual Health Assessments and general wellbeing. The results of the Scoping Review has been compiled into a practice guide: “Promoting the health and wellbeing of London’s looked after children – Learning from Emerging Practice”. 

Hard copies of the Guide are available from

This publication shares emerging good practice that is achieving positive change across London. There are a collection of case studies in the following areas:

Annual Health Assessments and Health Plans
Immunisations and Vaccinations
Access to Children and Mental Health Services
Sexual Health, Teenage Pregnancy and Sexual Relationship Education
Emotional Well Being
Education Support 

There are a number of key themes which emerge which include the importance of multi-agency team work, the importance of a whole systems approach, the need for training, consultancy and support, evaluating the outcomes and impacts of activities and involving and engaging with children and young people in care.

Although the focus is London the emerging practice is applicable more widely. Do you have links with a local football club? Find out how one local authority has developed an innovative programme for young people in care with the support of Tottenham Hotspur. This is a timely and relevant resource for social work and I would encourage you to share this widely with colleagues in social work, health and education who have an interest in this important area.

You may also find it useful to look at the Young London Matters website to read the presentations from the conference held on the 16th October 2009 and a range of other resources to support the health and well being of children and young people in London.

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