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Following a successful bidding process, The College of Social Workers’ (TCSW) Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) will transfer over to The British Association of Social Workers (BASW). 




The package of resources will move over to BASW by the end of September. This includes not just the PCF, but many of the College’s publications, including a report on the role of social workers in adult mental health services, and the framework used to endorse post-qualifying training programmes. 

Chair of the College, Jo Cleary, said BASW offers “the best prospect” to continue with the PCF and supporting functions following the bidding process.

It’s our understanding that several organisations put themselves forward for the tenders, but BASW was keen to keep the PCF within the profession. 

In a press statement, BASW Chair, Guy Shennan, said:

“We applaud the College for the work it has done in developing the Professional Capabilities Framework and the other resources that have been under consideration here, and we believe it is essential that they remain safeguarded by the profession.”


TCSW has also put in place temporary arrangements for the Qualifying Programme (QP) endorsement framework to be hosted by the Greater Lancashire Social Work Education and Training Network, a regional partnership of employers and Higher Education Institutions. 

Government commissioned work that the College carried out will still be subject to a tendering process. This includes the function of hosting the principal social worker networks as well as ASYE certification and facilitation. 

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