‘Children and Social Work Act 2017’ Becomes Law
The Children and Social Work Bill has received Royal Assent and is now an act of parliament
The Queen has given a series of reforms to social work in England, her formal approval. The reforms will now become law after the Children and Social Work Bill received Royal Assent, meaning that the legislation – the Children and Social Work Act 2017 - is now an act of parliament.
A number of changes to the social work profession will be enshrined in law by the Act. These include:
- The establishment of a new organisation named Social Work England, which will replace the HCPC as the profession’s regulator.
- A requirement for the new regulator to attain approval for professional standards from the education secretary.
- New powers for the education secretary to introduce assessments for practitioners and to set ‘improvement standards’ for social workers.
- A requirement from councils for the provision of personal advisers to care leavers up to the age of 25.
A set of controversial clauses that allowed councils to pursue exemptions from social care law have been abolished, as well as initial plans from ministers for the new regulator for social workers to be government-controlled.