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May 13, 2010

Cafcass has a recruitment problem. The suggested solution in the discussion paper called “Proposed workforce development strategy: developing the workforce of the future” is:-

To achieve this, it is proposed that Cafcass should introduce a Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) programme (sic). Social work graduates would commit to 3 years with Cafcass. In order to gain necessary local authority experience, the second year of the programme would be spent on secondment to a local authority. In return Cafcass would receive on secondment a recently qualified social worker from the hosting authority. This programme would be mutually beneficial for Cafcass and Local Authorities and aims to build wider system capacity over the longer term. In this second year, it would then be possible to gain experience of local authority work with children in need, looked after children, child protection etc and bring a more rounded professional skills-set and experience base back to Cafcass. .. At present it is proposed that NQSW’s in their first year will focus primarily on private Law cases, that the second year is spent on secondment to a local authority in a child safeguarding team and that in the third year they continue to work on private law and are also introduced to public law cases.

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  1. May 13, 2010 4:08 pm

    *holds head in hands* oh….

  2. olivia May Tremelling permalink
    May 18, 2010 8:27 pm

    cafcass has been fortunate, it inherited independant guardians and the many experienced court welfare individuals who made up a team of people who had in their favour a number years of experience. I can – just – remeber what it was like to be newly qualified and after working with private law cases can say without fear of beinfg contradicted that this kind of work can be a mindfield what has helped me is my many years of experience. This is NOT the way forward for either!

    • Brick permalink*
      May 19, 2010 8:53 am

      Indeed Cafcass were fortunate to inherit a large body of skilled and experienced practitioners. Sadly Cafcass did not appreciate its good fortune and, like a restoration rake, ignored good advice and thoughtlessly squandered that inheritance.

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