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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 work code biggest shake up 'in a generation'

A new code of conduct for social workers is being hailed as the "most significant transformation" of family services "in a generation" by the Department of Education.

Social workers will have to pass a test based on the code of practice to qualify for the specialist license. Credit: PA

Social work chiefs want the Knowledge and Skills Statement to become the corner stone of the service, setting out what is expected from child and family care staff.

Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, Isabelle Trowler, said "having absolute clarity" about what was required from staff would restore public trust in the service.

The guidelines come as the Government launch plans for a new gold standard for social workers supporting vulnerable families and children at risk of abuse or neglect.

The new Approved Child and Family Practitioner status will ensure the highest levels of public protection for our most vulnerable children, but social workers will have to finish a rigorous 'pass or fail' test.

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