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Come back to Social Work Training scheme launched!
The new ‘Come back to social work’ campaign is being launched to fast track experienced practitioners back into social work.
The scheme will provide social workers who have been out of practice for 2-5 years with the training they need to return to the profession.
It has been launched in a response to the shortage of experienced social workers. The government have launched a 13 - week pilot scheme for 30 social workers. The training helps them to prepare for their HCPC registration and if the pilot is successful, they will be due to re-enter practice in early 2017.
The pilot scheme is open for applications from now until 30th September for Social Workers who have been out of practice for between 2-5 years. Those applicants who are unsuccessful in securing a place on the pilot scheme, will be add to a talent pool and provided with a personal development plan with support from the government to help them back into practice.
Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, told Community Care that ‘real’ social work is making a comeback, as there has been a conscious effort to improve supervision, retain more manageable caseloads and ensure that there is more focus on practice instead of process driven social work. So this is a fantastic opportunity for those who may have previously left the profession due to bad experiences.
The ‘Come back to Social Work’ scheme is also a great way for social workers who may have lost their confidence after a few years out, to get back into work smoothly as it will bring them up to date on a lot of changes.