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In 1962, the Health Visiting & Social Work Training Act was passed. This established two Councils, to be called respectively the Council for the Training of Health Visitors and the Council for Training in Social Work.

The Act states that the functions of The Council for Training in Social Work will be as follows:

(a) shall promote training in such social work as is required Council for in the health and welfare services by seeking to secure social work suitable facilities for training persons in such work, by approving courses as suitable to be attended by persons engaged or intending to engage in such work and by seeking to attract persons to such courses ;

(b) if it appears to them that adequate provision is not being made for further training in such work, shall provide or secure the provision of courses for this purpose ;

(c) may conduct or make arrangements for the conduct of examinations in connection with such courses as are mentioned in the preceding paragraphs ; and

(d) may carry out or assist other persons in carrying out research into matters relevant to training for social work in the health and welfare services.

This was UK legislation; the council only had two Scottish representatives – one representing the Scottish burghs and the other the Scottish cities. There was, however, a Scottish advisory committee set up at the same time. Again, the Act states:

The Secretary of State shall appoint to each of the Councils mentioned in section one of this Act a committee whose duty it shall be to advise the Council on matters relating to the exercise of its functions so far as they concern Scotland, and the committees shall be called respectively the Scottish Advisory Committee to the Council for the Training of Health Visitors and the Scottish Advisory Committee to the Council for Training in Social Work. The Scottish Advisory Committee to the Council for the Training of Health Visitors shall consist of a chairman and twelve other members and the Scottish Advisory Committee to the Council for Training in Social Work of a chairman and eleven other members, and each of the members of each Committee shall hold office in accordance with the terms of his appointment.

The Act led to an expansion of social work education throughout the 1960s, not least because a system of government student grants for social work training was introduced. The same year (1962), the Joint Council on Training recognised the CSW as a professional qualification. Two-year courses which led to a Certificate in Social Work (CSW) were established in 1962 at colleges of further education in London, Glasgow, Birmingham and Liverpool. By 1965 there were nineteen courses running. The CTSW was incorporated into CCETSW on its formation in 1971.

Sources: CTSW (1964) First Report of the Council for Training in Social Work, 1962-62; information provided by Riverside Museum, University of Chester.

Also Health Visiting & Social Work Training Act 1962.

CSW and CCETSW archives are held at the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick.