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Fast tracked front line social workers – forewarned is forearmed

8 October 2012

So, a think tank proposes a scheme which selects and trains high-flying graduates to become social workers. To those working in the profession it will come as no surprise to read that social work needs an innovative plan to raise the quality of applicants to stem the staffing crisis.

With an increasing number of professional negligence claims we find there is a danger the public will loose sight of the fact that social workers are seeking to address problems for which they are not responsible. The fact that they fail to prevent abuse or neglect does not mean that they have been negligent.

I hope any modules delivered under the training scheme explain what professional negligence claims might arise and equip candidates to both avoid them, and if necessary robustly defend them. As I’ve said before social workers are a precious resource, and we need to look after them.

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