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BASW England and RiPfA develop professional capabilities and CPD for social work with older people and adults with learning disabilities

The British Association of Social Work (BASW) and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) are working on two projects to develop professional capabilities and continuous professional development (CPD) for social work with older people and adults with learning disabilities.

Why is this project important?

Older People and Adults with Learning Disabilities are the two biggest groups within adult social care. It is essential that the knowledge, skills and values necessary for social work in this area is recognised and developed through a capability statement. It is also essential that frontline social workers have a Continuous Professional Development pathway which sets out how they can learn and develop to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure good social work practice. This project seeks to enhance current resources, develop them and embed them within the social work sector. This exciting project has the potential to influence the profile of social work practice for individuals, social workers and organisations across adult social care and the approach ensures that the pathway is designed with a focus on best social work practice grounded in human rights and promotion of citizenship.

How will the project work?

The project is underpinned by co-production between social workers and those who use services. The methodology is mixed including a literature review, focus groups, online surveys, telephone interviews and stakeholder engagement which seeks to ensure the views of user and carers are at the centre of any framework developed.

The project regarding the development of a Capability Statement and Continuous Professional Development Pathway for Social Work with Adults who have Learning Disabilities has a stakeholder reference group which oversees the project.

When will the framework be completed?

The project commenced in October 2018 and will be completed in April 2019.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways to become involved in this project:

  1. Complete the online survey
  2. Participate in a telephone interview regarding your experiences of CPD in social work with older people or adults with learning disabilities
  3. Email LDsocialwork@basw.co.uk or OPsocialwork@basw.co.uk for further information.