The Social Work Task Force recommended national standards for the support social workers should expect from their employers and managers in order to do their jobs effectively (recommendation 6). It also recommended national requirements for the supervision of social workers (recommendation 7).
The standards for employers and the supervision framework are now ready for implementation.
All employers of social workers should:
Have in place a social work accountability framework informed by knowledge of good social work practice and the experience and expertise of service users, carers and practitioners.
Use effective workforce planning systems to make sure the right number of social workers, with the right level of skills and experience, are available to meet current and future service demands.
Implement transparent systems to manage workload and case allocation to protect service users and practitioners.
Make sure social workers can do their jobs safely and have the practical tools and resources they need to practise effectively. Employers should assess risks and take action to minimise and prevent them.
Ensure social workers have regular and appropriate social work supervision.
Provide opportunities for continuing professional development, as well as access to research and practice guidance.
Ensure social workers can maintain their professional registration.
Establish effective partnerships with higher education institutions and other organisations to support the delivery of social work education and continuing professional development.
Improve the quality of decision-making and interventions.
Enable effective line management and organisational accountability.
Identify and address issues related to caseloads and workload management.
Help to identify and achieve personal learning, career and development opportunities.
Social Work Reform Board
Department for Education
Great Smith Street
A statement about implementation, guidance and support available. The Local Government Group will be hosting the standards and supervision framework.
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An article outlining the measures needed to ensure high-quality supervision for all social workers.
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Findings from the Social Work Task Force's 2009 survey and interviews with senior managers.
PDF, 2 Mb
Organisations and workloads health check.
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A workload management systems tool for practitioners and managers.
Word 2007 / Office Open XML, 34 Kb
Good practice examples in Lancashire.
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A good practice example in the north east.
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These standards and framework set out the shared core expectations of employers which will enable social workers in all employment settings to work effectively. Good supervision has been shown to provide more consistent outcomes for children, adults and families.
PDF, 2 Mb
Option to download separate sections of the report.
Local Government Association will be hosting and promoting the standards for employers of social workers in England and the supervision framework.