The Social Work Reform Board, on which BASW was represented, took forward the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force. One of the areas where reform seemed necessary was in producing a clear outline of the knowledge, skills and values required of social workers in England at different points during their career, and a ‘rainbow’ of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) is the outcome of this process. The rainbow diagram and the wealth of information and detail behind it will be useful for social workers and will also be used by university programmes and employers to ensure practitioners have the required capabilities for the work they do.
PCF resources are now managed by The College of Social Work (TCSW) and you may need to access its website [www.collegeofsocialwork.org] for any updates, although BASW will check regularly for revisions and aims to keep the content accessible from this page up-to-date.
You can also visit the TCSW website to measure yourself against the PCF and see whether there are any training and development opportunities you should be accessing, or to see what you will need to do to progress in your career. The PCF may be used in your annual appraisals or reviews by your employers so it is good to know what is in it.
The PCF does not apply to social workers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who continue to adhere to the National Occupational Standards for Social Work.
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