WD policy committee update Feb 2017

The committee met four times in 2016, this included joint meetings with the EA, FCYP and SPI policy committees. A fifth meeting focussing on social work reform was also arranged at the request of the DfE. Guests included the DfE, NCTL, the Restorative Justice Council and Health Education England. WD submitted two consultation responses and made a submission to the Education Select Committee regarding the government’s social work reforms, members also published a position statement on assessment and accreditation. Other areas of focus in 2016 included teacher recruitment / retention and apprenticeships.


Social work reform looks set to remain firmly on the WD agenda in 2017, in particular: assessment and accreditation, development programmes, and the new regulator. The group will be joining up with the HCAN, FCYP and EA committees to discuss shared areas of interest, including the mental health workforce, apprenticeship trailblazers and the education workforce. The committee will also pick up the workforce related recommendations in government’s response to the Narey review of residential care.

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