Education Secretary Michael Gove said in a recent press conference regarding the state of social work;
“The state is currently failing in its duty to keep our children safe”
Social work is not perhaps one of the main professions that graduates think of when leaving University but the current government is trying to do what it can to change this. After turning round the teaching profession by introducing the Teach First initiative under the last Labour Government the Coalitions is now hoping to follow in it’s footsteps with social care.
The College of Social Work is set to run a new programme called ‘Frontline’
It must not be forgotten however that the existing social care structure that we have in the UK is still under pressure for its regular failings. Perhaps the biggest way to reduce this is to improve the standard of training that social care workers receive. This is the case both for new recruits, regardless of their career background, and for existing social care workers.
Constant evolution in terms of the processes and legal procedures that are required in the public social care industry means that it is important to keep training. Whether the work is being undertaken in the private or public industry there are various centres around the country that offer comprehensive social care training. Such courses will generally cover a wide range of topics from health and safety, supervision and people management to providing best practice advice for dealing with mental health patients and reporting.
Improving the standards in the care industry and removing the stigma associated with social and care work will mean a better deal for our younger generation.
Britannia Safety and Training offer social care training courses in Norwich, Norfolk. For more informational please visit http://www.britanniaits.com/