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Timeline :: CCETSW Assuring Quality for the Diploma in Social Work

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A government-led review of social work education began in 1994. It challenged the social activism that had gone before (and with it the idea of combating racism and challening opporession). Instead, it proposed that social work education should be based on practical, common sense, down-to-earth practice and multi-culturalism, not anti-racism.

It led to a new Diploma in Social Work being introduced (DipSW), replacing the CQSW and CSS qualifications. It required that universities offered programmes in partnership with local authority and third sector agencies. Three post-qualifying courses were also established, in mental health, child care and practice teaching.

New rules and requirements for the DipSW were approved by CCETSW Council in February 1995 and published in Assuring Quality for the Diploma in Social Work - 1: Rules and Requirements for the DipSW in August of that year. The "Statement of Requirements for Qualification in Social Work" in Part 2 of the document was based on draft national standards developed by CCETSW and CSC in consultation with all the main employment, educational and professional interests.

The 1990s had seen a backlash against so-called ‘political correctness’ in Paper 30, and the new DipSW demonstrated some reorganisation of competencies and a more general position towards discrimination in society. At same time, practice teacher training and accreditation and agency accreditation was introduced.

Souce: Hilary Walker (2013) A Genealogy of Equality: The Curriculum for Social Work Education and Training, Routledge, London.