A government-commissioned report, the JM Consulting Review of the Diploma in Social Work, was published. This was conducted as part of the Stage Two review of CCETSW. It proposed lengthening training to three years, to allow for extended practice exeprience and more learning about research. It concluded that degree level training was essential if students were to be able to integrate theory and practice. it recommended more strategic involvement by senior managers in practice and in the monitoring of education provision and it supported proposals for professional registration. It echoed concerns about difficulties in recruitment of social workers, and the need to extend training to younger people - the average entry age was 32 years in 1998.
Source: JM Consulting (1999) Review of the Diploma in Social Work, London: Department of Health.