A new optional training programme is being developed by the Department for Education, based on a new knowledge and skills statement on achieving permanence. The training will provide more opportunities for professional development that focuses on depth of practice in children’s social work.
The UK government is currently seeking views on whether the training programme should be targeted at newly qualified social workers, practitioners new to permanence work or any social worker who wants to develop their skills in this area.
A draft version of the knowledge and skills statement for permanence has been published for consultation. The statement sets out what social workers need to do in order to successfully achieve permanence for children, and factors they should consider when making assessments. The consultation closes on 9 September.
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