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Becoming a Friend of the College of Social Work

Friday, January 31, 2014

The College of Social Work was established in March last year and recently Meg Munn MP visited to find out about their work and plans for the future.  She met the Chair, Jo Cleary, and Chief Executive Annie Hudson who explained that a key aim for the college is to promote a professional ethos in social work. As Meg had worked in social work for over twenty years before becoming an MP they invited her to become a Friend of the College, which she readily agreed to do.

The college was set up following a call by the Social Work Task Force for the creation of an independent organisation to represent and support the social work profession. The college is led by and accountable to its members and upholds professional standards, promotes the profession and the benefits it brings to the general public, media and policy makers. It has a similar role to colleges for other professions such as the Royal College of Nursing and already over 40 local authorities have signed up their staff and in addition there are a significant number of individual members.   

A detailed professional work programme is in place, including developing the Professional Capabilities Framework recommended by the Social Work Reform Board. There are also a range of services to enable members to keep up to date and share knowledge and practice dilemmas. The college also has a key role in briefing the media and policy makers on issues related to social workers - for example in depth briefings have been provided to parliamentarians on the Care Bill which is currently before parliament.

Meg said:

“The creation of the college is a very welcome development and I was impressed with the work they have so far undertaken. I have long felt that there needed to be a professional body to support and develop social work.

It was good to meet Jo, Annie and staff members. Social workers work with vulnerable people in difficult and complex situations and they need to have a wide range of skills.”

For further details visit: http://www.tcsw.org.uk/home/

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