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Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work in England

Guidance on using the 2018 refreshed PCF

The Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) is the profession-owned backbone of social work education and professional development in England.

First devised in 2012, the PCF has been reviewed and refreshed through a process of extensive consultation during 2017 and 2018. This has been led by BASW in conjunction with Research in Practice. The review has preserved the best of the PCF and elements that consultation respondents considered to be most important and useful, while modernising, clarifying and developing key aspects.