Swansea University to be part of £1.8m national training initiative for social workers

Swansea University is one of four Welsh universities who will be working with the Care Council to develop one of the UK’s most comprehensive training initiatives for qualified social workers.


The universities of Swansea, Bangor, Cardiff and Glyndwr are to work together to deliver a £1.8m initiative over six years to raise the professionalism of social work practice in Wales to a new level. The initiative will be made up of three new training and development programmes for experienced, senior and consultant social workers.


By commissioning an alliance of four universities to deliver the programmes, the Care Council will ensure there is access to teaching all across Wales. Cardiff University will provide overall co-ordination and will be the awarding body.


The training and development programmes will be important in supporting a new career structure for social workers in Wales and equipping them to provide excellent frontline practice.


Under the banner of the Care Council’s Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL) framework, the new training and development will help social workers deliver the Welsh Government’s vision for citizen-centred services and greater professionalism of the workforce. Programmes for newly-qualified social workers in Wales have already been launched.


Professor Ceri Phillips, Acting Head, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, said: “At Swansea University we are proud of our considerable experience in the provision of social work education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We are delighted to now build on the success of this by playing a central role in the Continuing Professional Education and Learning framework alongside our alliance partners.”


Rhian Huws Williams, Care Council Chief Executive, said: “This is a major step forward in the training and development of all social workers in Wales. It is something we’ve been working on with partners for the past two years. The programmes will support social workers in developing excellent practice, whatever their role, and enhancing their professionalism. They will also help prepare them for delivering the Welsh Government vision for citizen-centred services.


Gwenda Thomas AM, the Deputy Minister for Social Services, said: "I want to enhance the quality and esteem of this challenging but rewarding profession in order to attract the best people and to train them to the highest standards.


"These new training and development programmes for experienced, senior and consultant social workers, commissioned from an alliance across Wales, are integral to our ambitious programme of sustainable social services and key legislation. They will improve the recruitment and training of social workers through a comprehensive approach to workforce development."