PCF Review 2015

TCSW publishes PCF review prior to transfer to BASW

The College of Social Work's (TCSW) final report is a comprehensive review of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has now taken ownership and hosting of the PCF following TCSW's closure at the end of September.

Prompted by a range of changes in the professional and policy environment for social work, including the introduction of Knowledge and Skills Statements last year, the review process was a timely opportunity to ensure the PCF remains fit for the future. Led by independent consultant Helen Keville, and incorporating the views of practitioners and stakeholders across the country, the final report makes a series of recommendations, including:

  • That PCF level descriptors should be enhanced and made a focal point for signposting and integration;
  • That Domain 9 - Professional Leadership  - is reviewed so that it encompasses a broader and more up to date definition of leadership, and establishes a coherent relationship with the Knowledge and Skills Statements for practice leaders and practice supervisors.
  • That joint statements are developed to explain priorities and relationships between the PCF and other guidance, including the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Child and Family social work, the Knowledge and Skills Statement for social workers in Adults Services and the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers in England.
  • That visual presentation of the PCF is improved, and the refreshed version is disseminated widely.

TCSW Chief Executive Annie Hudson, said:

“What the review process has shown us is that the PCF has many strengths and much value as a framework for professional standards in social work, and for professionals at different stages of their career.  The review, and the very insightful engagement process which informed it, has given us some sound recommendations. We know that social workers like and value the PCF and that it has been well utilised across diverse areas of practice, agencies and education providers .  This period of critical review and reflection offers a solid and strong basis to further strengthen and enhance it.  TCSW would like to thank everyone who engaged with the process, and helped ensure that the review’s outcomes are relevant and robust.”

BASW Chief Executive, Bridget Robb, said:

“The PCF was developed by the social work profession in England and has proved its value to employers and universities. This review helps shape the next stages in its development.”

PCF Review 2015Read the full review here