Thursday, 26 March 2015

A silly test, a silly arrangement … a silly decision

I have already taken a swing at the silly pass/fail test that the British government seems determined to use to confer approved status, or not, on children and family social workers in England.

But I am now having what can only be called a fully-fledged ‘Clarkson’. It’s not cold food that’s winding me up. It’s the utter stupidity of thinking that the government can commission a few people from two private companies to develop a test for a whole profession.

I fully support the open letter that the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee has written to the government deploring the decision.

Postgraduate social worker education should be in the hands of the universities and the College of Social Work. It should not be in the hands of politicians and civil servants and private companies.