HC Deb 05 August 1975 vol 897 cc179-80W
48. Mrs. Chalker

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will make a statement on her discussions with the Central Council for Social Work Training.

Mr. Meacher

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the statement my right hon. Friend made last September when the Maria Colwell Report was pub- lished. The Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work is considering how, in a programme of further training for qualified staff, elements might be included to enhance their skills in the areas of work to which the report drew attention. I understand that the council is also drawing the attention of those responsible for qualifying courses to the needs of staff in these areas and that it is considering, in consultation with other interested organisations, ways in which information and knowledge of current good practice can be made available to all staff of the personal social services working with children.