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Changing Lives

Report of the 21st Century Social Work Review

The 21st Century Social Work Review was commissioned by Ministers in the summer of 2004. Its overall aim was to take a fundamental look at all aspects of social work in order to strengthen its contribution to the delivery of integrated services.

It had six main objectives:

  • To clearly define the role and purpose of social workers and the social work profession
  • To identify improvements in the organisation and delivery of social work services
  • To develop a strong quality improvement framework and culture, supported by robust inspection
  • To strengthen leadership and management giving clear direction to the service
  • To ensure a competent and confident workforce
  • To review and if necessary modernise legislation.