§ Mr. Elletson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the post-qualifying system of credit accumulation for social workers and probation officers now being piloted by the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work.
§ Mr. Yeo
One of the aims of the Government's training strategy launched in January 1991 was to provide a coherent framework for post qualifying education and training addressing the need to improve service provision.
The Central Council for the Education and Training in Social Work (CCETSW) post qualifying framework includes the following components:credit accumulation and transfer (CAT) system linked to academic awards;post qualifying and professional development leading to two CCETSW awards.
The requirements made by CCETSW to implement the CAT system were developed in consultation with Council for National Academic Awards and other awarding bodies, and can link to other CAT systems including that of the Open university. When fully established, in-house training, programmes of study at educational institutions, and accreditation of prior learning will all contribute "credits" towards the post-qualifying award and the advanced award.