Assessment of Social Workers' child handling adequacy

A Williams made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health,

Social Workers have the authority -

First, to watch and scrutinise the way that foster parents handle foster children, whilst seeing if they merit heir pay.

Second, to watch and minutely scrutinise the way natural parents handle the children that Social Workers are determined to take into 'care'

Third, to asses potential Adoptive Parents

Could you therefore please tell me whether before Social Workers are allowed to do these jobs, the way THEY handle children is watched and minutely scrutinised, over a long period of time, (for what should be obvious reasons), by a totally independent body, (i.e. not by their own kind)

Note 'theory', as learned on education and training courses is a totally different things.

Yours faithfully,

A Williams

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DE00000522739
Dear Mr/Ms Williams,
Thank you for your email of 12 July to the Department of Health about
children's social services. I have been asked to reply.
After considering your letter, we have forwarded your correspondence to
colleagues in the Department for Education where the staff are better able
to answer your queries. They will reply to you directly.
If you wish to write to them, the contact details are:
Department for Education
Castle View House
East Lane
Runcorn
Cheshire
WA7 2GJ
Tel: 0870 000 2288
Website: www.education.gov.uk
I hope this information is helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Sarasa Poduval
Customer Service Centre
Department of Health

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Dear Department of Health,

By law I should have received a reply to my question of whether Social Workers' Child Handling Adequacy is assessed before they are allowed to assess other people's, (as well as teach the subject), by 10th August, 2010.

I haven't.

Yours faithfully,

A Williams

Dear Department of Health,

Despite my reminder tha a response to my question about whether Social Workers' Child Handling Adequacy, was independently assessed before they were allowed to teach the subject and assess other parents, - (which your Department handed to the Department of Education,) - was OVERDUE. I have still not received the information.

By law I SHOULD have received it by the 10th August, i.e.a week ago.

I am in the process of compiling a submission to the Family Justice System Review Panel. If I don't receive an answer to my question by my deadline for completion of my submission - that fact will be included in it.

Yours faithfully,

A Williams, (BA)

Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE00000532268 - Ref: DE522739 - Assessment of Social Workers'
child handling adequacy

Dear Mr/Ms Williams,

Thank you for your email of 11 August to the Department of Health about
social workers. I have been asked to reply.
For your reference, I would like to explain that the FOI Act provides the
right to ask for recorded information held by the Department of Health.
The questions raised in your previous email of 12 July appeared to be
asking for policy advice, rather than the disclosure of recorded
information. As such, we considered your request to fall outside the
scope of the Act to answer. As DH does not lead on this policy area, we
explained that we had transferred your email to the Department for
Education to answer and that they would respond directly to you.

If you wish to write to them, the contact details are:
Department for Education
Castle View House
East Lane
Runcorn
Cheshire
WA7 2GJ
Tel: 0870 000 2288
Website: [1]www.education.gov.uk
I hope this information is helpful. I am sorry I could not be of more
assistance on this occasion.

Yours sincerely,

Sophia Berry
Customer Service Centre
Department of Health

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Dear Department of Health,

I was NOT asking for policy 'ADVICE'. I was under the impression, - perhaps I am wrong, - that Social Service Departments come under your Department's jurisdiction.

If they do, then I would have expected your Department to ensure that before they are allowed, first, to TEACH GOOD PARENTING SKILLS, and, second, CRITICALLY WATCH, SCRUTINISE AND TEAR TO SHREDS OTHER PEOPLE'S PARENTING SKILLS, they SPENT SEVERAL YEARS having THEIR OWN parenting skills subject to intense scrutiny by a totally independent body.

This has got nothing to do with what goes on during training and THEORETICAL education courses. It;'s about what goes in in Social Workers' own homes.

As it is, the best way for people who aren't on the sex offenders register to avoid having their parenting skills subject to minute scrutiny, and hence to avoid losing their children to Local Authority jurisdiction........is to LAND A JOB AS A SOCIAL WORKER.

Yours faithfully,

A Williams, (BA)

Department of Health and Social Care

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Where a reply is appropriate we aim to send one within 20 working days.

If your enquiry is about a medical matter, please contact NHS Direct on
0845 4647 or visit [1]NHS Choices, or contact your GP surgery.

For general health information you may also find it helpful to refer to
[2]Directgov, the UK Government's Official information website, or the
Department of Health website's [3]Frequently Asked Questions.

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Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE00000534138 - Ref: DE532268 / DE522739 - Assessment of Social
Workers' child handling adequacy

Dear Mr Williams,

Thank you for your further email of 17 August to the Department of Health
about social workers. I have been asked to reply.

I should explain that the Department of Health has responsibility for
adult social services and the Department for Education is responsible for
issues relating to children's social services. After considering your
email, we have again forwarded your correspondence to colleagues in the
Department for Education where the staff are better able to answer your
concerns. They will reply to you directly.

If you wish to write to them, the contact details are:

Department for Education
Castle View House
East Lane
Runcorn
Cheshire
WA7 2GJ

Tel: 0870 000 2288

Website: [1]www.education.gov.uk

I hope this information is helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Sophia Berry
Customer Service Centre
Department of Health

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Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr/Ms Williams
Thank you for your emails of 12 July, 12 August and 18 August to the
Department of Health about social workers. Your emails have been
forwarded to the Department for Education and I have been asked to reply.

First, I apologise for the delay in responding.

The General Social Care Council (GSCC) regulates the social care workforce
in England. They are responsible for ensuring only those workers who are
trained, fit and committed to high standards work in social care. You
mention that you are concerned about the training social workers receive.
I can confirm that they have to be registered with the GSCC to practice,
and they have to renew this registration every three years providing proof
that they have continued in their training and learning over that time.
This means that social workers should be being trained and learning
throughout their careers.

The protection of people who use social care services and the public is
paramount to the GSCC as a regulator. They expect the highest standards
of conduct and care from registered social care workers, in accordance
with the codes of practice which they sign up to when they register. You
may wish to view further information at: [1]http://www.gscc.org.uk/Home/
On 17 March the Department for Children, Schools and Families (now the
Department for Education), the Department of Health and the Department for
Business, Innovation and Skills jointly published 'Building a Safe and
Confident Future: Implementing the recommendations of the Social Work Task
Force. This contains 15 recommendations for reform, covering areas from
initial training to continuing professional development and the status of
the profession itself. I have attached the publication for your
convenience; the 15 recommendations can be found on page 12.

In addition, you may be interested to hear that we have launched a review
of children's social work, headed by Professor Eileen Munro. It is to be
wide-ranging and will be an important step to remove barriers from good
practice in social work which prevent face-to face time with children and
families. The deadline for submissions was 30 July but you may wish to
view further information
at: [2]http://www.education.gov.uk/munroreview/....

I hope you are reassured by this information.
Yours sincerely

Lesley O'Connor
Public Communications Unit
[3]www.education.gov.uk

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2010/0054157.
To contact the Department for Education, please visit
[4]www.education.gov.uk/contactus

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