Training more social workers

Today the Education Secretary announced plans to train 900 new children's social workers.  These social workers will be helping to support some of the most vulnerable children and families in the United Kingdom.

Working alongside Frontline, a social worker charity with £45 million to continue their work in attracting and training bright graduates and career changers who aspire for a future career as a social worker. 

The scheme will not only fund the 900 places on the Frontline social work training programme but will provide bursaries of up to £19,500.  The charity has already successfully trained over 1000 social workers. 

Children's care is only as good as the people who deliver it.  Now that the Department of Health has integrated social care we will see more and more joined up work, promoting good health, strong family units and safer lifestyles.  I am confident that social work will grow from strength to strength helping more families receive the good quality support, regardless of their background.