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The Department for Education (DfE) is ploughing ahead with plans for 8,000 practitioners to become accredited by December 2018. 

As the first tranche in what will be a national rollout, children’s social workers will be selected for accreditation from 31 councils that have signed up to pilot the scheme, which is part of a wider agenda to get all children’s social workers accredited by 2020. 

Social workers at each local authority will be required to attend regional assessment centres as part of a four-stage assessment process to test their knowledge and skills. 

Although the finite details of the proposed assessment process are subject to the results of a consultation, which is still open, part of the process is likely to include an online test. 

Speaking on what she expects the accreditation system to achieve, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, Isabelle Trowler, said:

“There are some big issues to resolve about how we can achieve our vision, who should be accredited and who should endorse the practice of social workers. We need to strike a balance between introducing a system of post-qualification specialism without restricting movement of social workers between sectors and jurisdictions. 

“I would encourage as many as possible to voice your thoughts by responding to the consultation”. 

The consultation tomorrow at 11.45pm and is accessible on the DfE website
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