Once again, the government plans to make yet more structural changes to the way social workers are trained and carry out their jobs.
Children’s secretary Ed Balls has pledged around £73million over a three years in a programme to improve standards. However, such change will not happen unless the basic issues of under investment, poor management and government interference are seriously addressed, as highlighted in this recent Guardian newspaper article written by an overworked and highly stressed social worker. The government should step back from imposing more changes to the social care system. Instead, local councils should take the lead to improve their environments in the long term, so the burden of dealing with such problems by social workers can be reduced.