HC Deb 21 April 1988 vol 131 cc549-50W
Mr. Hinchliffe

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is satisfied with the standard of the teaching of law on courses leading to the certificate of qualification in social work; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Newton

I am aware of the concern about the standard of teaching of the law content of qualifying training courses for social workers as evidenced in the research report issued this month by the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work.

The Government made available an additional £250,000 to CCETSW last autumn to assist it in achieving improvements in the quality of social work training. As part of the programme of improvements CCETSW has promoted research into the subject and organised a national workshop for all qualifying courses in social work to launch the report and to indicate the improvement required in the teaching and assessment of law.