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Reflections from the ‘frontline’: social workers' experiences of post-qualifying child care training and their current work practices in the new children's services

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  • Hq The Family. Marriage. Woman
  • Hv Social Pathology. Social And Public Welfare


In the context of current developments in children's services in the UK and increased emphasis on workforce development, the authors describe a survey of successful completers of a Post-qualifying (PQ) Child Care Award Programme, one of 18 such programmes in England that ran between 2001 and 2006/7. The survey's aims were twofold: first, to gather the respondents' overall evaluations of their PQ training and information about their past and current work circumstances; and second, to explore their knowledge and opinions on the latest developments in children's services in relation to their own work practices. The findings from the survey are outlined under four themes, which are then discussed in relation to other relevant studies, reviews on the role and tasks of social workers and current developments associated with the Every Child Matters agenda and the integrated workforce. Concerns are raised about whether social work professionalism is being effectively utilised within the current children's services arrangements.

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