Fast track training for social workers flooded with applicants

News|March 8th 2016

More than ten people applied for every place on a fast track social work training scheme, a minister has announced.

The government-funded Step Up To Social Work scheme is an intensive, full-time course for graduates, compressing the two years normally required to qualify as a social worker into just 14 months.

Announced in 2014, the course did not begin until January. Children’s Minister Edward Timpson has now revealed that there were no less than 4,306 applications for the 400 places available on the course – a ratio of 10.8 applicants for every place. The Minister of State for Children and Families revealed the huge demand in response to a question from Labour MP Stephen Timms.

The government has now promised to increase the number of places available on future versions of the course: there will be 500 available from 2018, a jump of more than 37 per cent.

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  1. Nick Langford says:

    Should we not be very wary of ‘fast track training’ after the appalling case of D v E [2016] EWFC 3 in which the social worker received a mere ninety minutes of training in how to write a Section 7 report? Will this initiative reassure parents, or would we not prefer to read about a new proposal to train social workers properly?

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