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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 workers will 'watch for FGM and child marriage'

Social workers will be required to spot young girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage under fresh guidelines.

According to the Knowledge and Skills social workers will be required to:

  • Identify the full range of risks to children including sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect and know how to protect children.
  • · Support families by strengthening their relationships, resilience and access to resources.
  • · Understand the impact of adult mental ill health, substance misuse and domestic violence on family functioning and child development.
  • · Plan for permanence for children who can no longer live at home.

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