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Building a safe and confident future: One Year On

Proposals for partnerships between employers and educators

Social workers, their employers and educators must work with a wide range of partners, including service users, carers and other professionals. This paper proposes a partnership framework between employers and educators across the whole spectrum of education and professional development. The prime partnership addressed is that between employers and higher education institutions (HEIs), but the principles can also be extended to partnerships between several HEIs, groups of employers and small clusters of organisations, as these can have a significant contribution to make to the effectiveness of local arrangements for education, professional development and the supply of social workers.