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Timeline :: CCETSW Rules and Requirements for the Diploma in Social Work: Paper 30

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Publication of the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (CCETSW) (1989) Rules and Requirements for the Diploma in Social Work (Paper 30); a 2nd edition came out two years later (CCETSW 1991).

the DipSW became the single qualifying award for social work (replacing both the CQSW and CSS).  The DipSW was founded on an agreed statement of knowledge, skills and values.  The majority of the DipSW programmes were introduced in 1992.  Lyons argues that the 1989 DipSW signifies the successful shift to a training paradigm in preparation for social work practice, relative to an educational one: ‘With the exception of its adherence to anti-racist and anti-discriminatory perspectives, it demonstrated the dominance of political and employer interests over professional interests (including those of social work academics)’ (1999: 15). Paper 30 heralded a change in emphasis - it specified the knowledge, skills and values needed to achieve competent practice of a national minimum standard, and assessment of competence was on the basis of specified practice outcomes at the point of qualification. Also, it required that proposals for new courses had to come from a partnership of agencies and colleges, and to be assessed by CCETSW approved external advisors (thus building on the CSS model).

Also important was the requirement for Areas of Particular Practice – specialisms by any other name – again recognising employer demands here, and reflecting the reorganisation that had been taking place in Local Authority social work services.

Dominelli states that the DipSW was ‘the vehicle through which CCETSW technocratised social work education and shifted the balance of power away from professional academics and practitioners on to employers. Bureaucratic control has superseded professional ones as relationship building in social work becomes supplanted by practical competences endorsed by government and employers. These changes reflect a move away from training as an educational process concerned with socialising professionals into the best traditions of the profession towards the technical transmission of approved skills’ (1997: 194).

Source: Lyons, K. (1999) Social Work in Higher Education: Demise or development, Ashgate Publishing Company, Aldershot; Dominelli, L. (1997) Sociology for Social Work, Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke; Blewitt, Lewis and Tunstill (2007) The changing roles and tasks of social work: a literature informed discussion paper, Social Care Online; CCETSW (1989) Requirement and Regulations for the Diploma in Social Work DipSW, CCETSW Paper 30; University of Chester, Riverside Museum.