Wednesday, October 18, 2006

More to the point

Given that Victoria Climbie's social worker had only been qualified for 18 months, this idea would have been rather more appropriate than indulging the current mindless passion for databases:

New social workers in England could get a lighter workload and extra support as part of a government review of the children's workforce published this week.

The Options for Excellence review, which was due to be published by the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills on Thursday, is expected to propose the creation of a "newly qualified social worker" status, similar to that given to new teachers.

The new social workers would get less work and more training in their first years in the job under the proposals.

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