The Standards for Employers

Published by LGA on behalf of the Social Work Reform partners.

The Standards for Employers at a glance

  1. Clear Social Work Accountability Framework:
    Employers should have in place a clear social work accountability framework informed by knowledge of good social work practice and the experience and expertise of service users, carers and practitioners.
  2. Effective Workforce Planning:
    Employers should use effective workforce planning systems to make sure that the right number of social workers, with the right level of skills and experience, are available to meet current and future service demands.
  3. Safe Workloads and Case Allocation:
    Employers should ensure social workers have safe and manageable workloads.
  4. Managing Risks and Resources:
    Employers should ensure that social workers can do their jobs safely and have the practical tools and resources they need to practice effectively. Assess risks and take action to minimise and prevent them.
  5. Effective and Appropriate Supervision:
    Employers should ensure that social workers have regular and appropriate social work supervision.
  6. Continuing Professional Development:
    Employers should provide opportunities for effective continuing professional development, as well as access to research and-relevant knowledge.
  7. Professional Registration:
    Employers should ensure social workers can maintain their professional registration.
  8. Effective Partnerships:
    Employers should establish effective partnerships with higher education institutions and other organisations to support the delivery of social work education and continuing professional development.

Useful documents

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What you should expect as a social worker

New Audit Tool

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Action Plan Template

Revised June 2014


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