Children and Social Work Bill Announced in the Queen’s Speech

Responding to measures announced in the Queen’s speech, Dave Hill, President of ADCS, said:

“The government’s ongoing commitment to finding the most vulnerable children in care a stable and loving home is welcome. It is, however, important to recognise that adoption is not the only placement option and isn’t right for every single child or sibling group. Their best interests must always remain at the heart of our decision-making.

“The news that the government is exploring broadening the role of the virtual school head and designated teachers is a positive development as is the pledge of additional help and support for care leavers in the future, including the formalisation of corporate parenting expectations. The idea that the care system is a bad place to end up is in danger of becoming the accepted truth. This lazy generalisation does a disservice to the children and young people in care, the staff that work so hard to keep children and young people safe, and the foster carers who look after them. Changing this misconception is a priority for the Association and we stand ready to assist in the creation of a new narrative.

“Efforts to raise the profile and standing of the social work profession are similarly welcome. The whole-profession remit of the proposed new regulatory body for social work is welcome; ADCS urges the government to learn the lessons from establishing the GSCC in 2006 to ensure that the morale and productivity of the social work profession is not adversely impacted upon by these changes. A complex social work reform agenda is already underway and steps must be taken to avoid destabilising or even demoralising this fragile workforce. Social workers are rarely recognised for the positive work that they do and we are absolutely committed to promoting one of the most important professions in the country by encouraging better public understanding of the role.”


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