HC Deb 23 March 1989 vol 149 cc764-5W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Central Council for Education and Training of Social Workers has provided additional curriculum advice on mental health matters to courses for social workers.

Mr. Mellor

In January 1987, the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (CCETSW) published its regulations and guidance for the training of social workers to be considered for approval in England and Wales under the Mental Health Act 1983. In December 1987, it produced a report which referred to training issues. Since then, the Council has had a programme of approving training courses for approved social workers in local authorities. To date, some 90 per cent. of local authorities have, in many instances and in conjunction with other local authorities, produced a programme of CCETSW approved training for approved social workers. CCETSW is itself shortly to produce an evaluative report on the training provided by these courses, which will include guidance on training matters.

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