0370 270 6000

Will national standards be sticks to beat social workers with?

16 December 2010

The Social Work Reform Board has set out what is expected of social workers at every stage of their career in the profession’s first ever proposed national standards framework, set out in its report, Building a Safe and Confident Future: One Year On

Once in place these standards will be relied on in professional negligence claims as the benchmark against which social workers’ practice will be assessed by claimant lawyers.

They will take some implementing. Furthermore, internet comments make it clear that practitioners are concerned that the standards will be used as benchmarks against which to manage and assess their own performance, but that local authorities face no real sanctions if they fail to meet their obligations to their employees and by extension, their service-users.

The framework is not set in stone yet. The consultation period finishes on 31 March 2011 and anyone interested in commenting on the proposals can visit the reform board’s website for more details.

Related opinions

80% hours for 100% pay? That’ll do nicely

As has been widely reported this week, some 3,000 UK workers are taking part in a six month trial to assess the viability of a four-day working week without any reduction in their normal pay.

View blog

Right to Work Checks: Changes from 6 April 2022

From 6 April 2022, right to work checks on all migrant or settled prospective employees must be online and checks on British or Irish nationals will be manual (free) or digital (charged for).

View blog

LPS - it’s out

The long-awaited draft Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice, including the Liberty Protection Safeguards (“LPS”), has landed.

View blog

Covid-19: Government’s U-Turn for mandatory vaccination for health and social care workers following consultation

Since 11 November 2021, workers in regulated care homes in England have been required to be vaccinated against Covid-19, unless they are exempt in accordance with the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up