SCIE Annual Review 2009-10
Building a better workforce
93 per cent of existing SCIE users surveyed said SCIE's resources have increased their knowledge and understanding and 71 per cent say they have helped them communicate best practice
In a changing social care climate, it is vital that people working in social care have the skills, support and motivation they need to improve outcomes for people using services and those who care for them.
The role of social workers continues to be prominent in the media. SCIE has been instrumental in helping to set up The College of Social Work, following the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force. The College will represent and support social workers and help maintain standards for the profession.
Newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) face a blizzard of information and the challenging task of translating knowledge into practice. To help NQSWs in their first year of practice, SCIE launched an online resource specifically for them this year.
Excellent social care depends on a culture of continuous professional development. Our annual student campaign for 2010 was sent to social work students and lecturers, offering resources which support the core curriculum for social work education and training. A key component of the curriculum is human growth and development. This year, we added to our resources in this area with a new report on human growth in relation to mental health and older people. We also produced two new reports on building user and carer involvement in social work education, highlighting the importance of participation.
Strong social care leadership is required to embed effective social care practice. In response to the transformation agenda for social care, SCIE also led two training programmes for developing leadership in 2009-10: 'Leading for the new agenda' and 'Leading transformation,' to support new managers.
Bethan Jones, 19, on SCIE's student resources Open
I chose to study social work because I wanted a career that would give me the opportunity to work with people from all backgrounds. SCIE's resources have definitely helped me with my studies. I find their resources interesting and informative, especially as a revision aid when exams are approaching! They've also helped me to understand the relationship between law and social work, which can otherwise seem quite complicated.
I think the best thing about being a social worker is the satisfaction you feel when you empower somebody and make a difference to their life. It is reassuring to know that SCIE will continue to support me to do this in my professional career by providing useful and up-to-date resources, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone studying social work.
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