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Long Term Study to Investigate the Careers of Social Workers
In an attempt to better understand recruitment and retention in the field of social work, the government will launch a new, long term longitudinal research project to do just that.
4,500 social workers will be followed over a 5 year period, in order to gather evidence regarding the different elements that affect social work. These elements include recruitment, progression and retention.
The study was declared by the government this week, along with the announcement that the funding for social work teaching partnerships will be extended until 2020.
As a result of the extended funding, new partnerships will receive two years of funding, while existing ones will be entitled to apply for a further year of funding for 2018/2019.
Isabelle Trowler, the chief social worker for children, announced the news last week at the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy Conference. The Department of Education has stated that it will consult with the sector during the development of the study.
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