Social work gets 'significant transformation' with new code

Fresh guidelines for social workers are the "most significant transformation" in the profession "for a decade", according to the Department of Education.

The Chief Social Worker for Children, Isabelle Trowler, says the code of practice will set out what is expected from social workers for the first time.

The Knowledge and Skills Statement was released as the Government launched plans for a specialist license for social workers caring for the most vulnerable children.

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Social work code will put service 'on path to success'

The code of conduct for social workers will put family services "on a whole new path to success", a government minister said.

Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson, said:

Having grown up with around 90 foster children and worked as a family lawyer in the care system for over a decade, I've seen up close and personal the pressures that social workers are under - and also the wonders they can work in the most desperate circumstances.

These new measures announced today will help set social work on a whole new path to success - setting the very highest standards for social workers providing greater assurance to the public and most importantly ensuring the very best for our children.

– Edward Timpson

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