4 Biggest Social Work Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week (04/07/16)...
The government plans to have a new social work regulator installed by 2018, the shadow education secretary was appointed and resigned inside two days and Ofsted is warning of excessive social worker caseloads. Read on for more...
4. New Shadow Education Secretary Resigns After Two Days In-Post
The new shadow education secretary has resigned after two days in-post as the Labour party continues to experience leadership turmoil.
Pat Glass had replaced former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell - who resigned in protest over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership - on Monday, only to resign from the post on Wednesday.
Angela Rayner has since been appointed to the post, which contains the brief of scrutinising the government's decisions concerning schools, further learning and children's social services
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3. Ofsted Warns of 'Unmanageable' Caseloads
Ofsted has warned that in order for poorly-performing authorities to improve, overwhelmingly large social worker
caseloads must be reduced.
The inspectorate argued that large caseloads meant that social workers were not able to spend the necessary time engaging with children, and that it was up to councils to further foster an environment where this is possible.
Its findings are based on conclusions made following Ofsted's implementation of the new single inspection framework into its inspection model - half of English authorities have been subject to it, with the other half set be inspected by December 2017.
2. UN: UK Vulnerable Most Hit By Austerity Measures
The United Nations has warned the UK government that its austerity measures programme is 'disproportionately' affecting society's most vulnerable.
Its conclusions came from a report by the organisation's economic, social and cultural rights committee,which blasted the government for its welfare state cuts, arguing that these actions had impacting the vulnerable's ability to maintain an adequate standard of living.
Urging an immediate policy review, the report also condemned 'persistent shortcomings' in elderly care, a rise in homelessness and food bank reliance and insufficient resources for mental health services.
1. New Social Work Regulator to Launch by 2018, Says Ministers
Ministerial plans have been unveiled for English social workers for a new Government-led regulator to oversee social workers by 2018.
Unlike current regulatory arrangements under the indpeendent HCPC, this new regulator will be a government executive agency accountable to the Education Secretary and supported by both the Department for Education and the Department of Health.
The move was previously announced during May's Queen's Speech to Parliament, and is part of a move by the government to increase standards across the profession by re-introducing a social work-specific regulator.