§ Mrs. Margaret Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions his Department has undertaken with the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work about the funding of social workers from voluntary organisations who wish to undertake professional training leading to the certificate in social services or the certificate of qualification in social work; and what is his policy towards provision for such students for the academic year 1988–89.
§ Mr. Rifkind
Since 1987 support of social workers from voluntary organisations undertaking professional training for the certificate in social services has been administered by the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work. The level of resources allocated for this support is under review by my Department following representations by CCETSW. I cannot predict the outcome. Support is not available for social workers in voluntary organisations wishing to undertake the certificate of qualification in social work.