A proposed accreditation system for children’s social workers will not be fully introduced until 2019, with the arrangements initially being introduced voluntarily at 31 councils, the Department for Education has said.

Details of the scheme, outlined in a consultation document published by the DfE, reveal that the “first phase of rollout” will take place between early 2017 and the end of 2019.

During this time the DfE wants practice leaders at all local authorities to be assessed, but practice supervisors and frontline child and family practitioners will only be assessed in the volunteer areas.

These include the DfE’s eight “partners in practice” authorities – local authorities deemed to be performing at an exceptional level that other councils can learn from. Also included in the initial rollout are three councils currently rated “inadequate” by Ofsted – Birmingham, Manchester and Tameside.


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