The Social Work Reform Board (SWRB) has agreed and published the standards which employers of social workers should be meeting. The ‘Standards for Employers’ in England define what employers should do to enable their social workers to work safely and effectively.
The Standards apply to all employers in all sectors – including health, local government and the private and voluntary sectors – and they cover all the registered social workers they employ to provide social work services.
The SWRB has said that all employers providing a social work service should establish a monitoring system to assess how well they are meeting the Standards and, where necessary, outline their plans for improvement. The Standards will be used to inform judgements when social work services are inspected by the regulators.
UNISON is part of an Advisory Group which oversees promotion of the standards. The Advisory Group includes representatives from the LGA and the Association of Directors of Adult’s Services and Children’s Services (ADASS and ADCS). The Group is doing some work to assess how far employers have implemented the Standards. To that effect, a survey of employers is underway. This will give one perspective, but it is vitally important to hear from social workers themselves about whether they feel the Standards are being met. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and share the link with your colleagues: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/employer_standards_for_social_workers
Closing date is 26th April 2013.