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'Big variability' in social work training standards

The training of social workers in England needs upgrading, with more emphasis put on practical skills, a government adviser has said.

Sir Martin Narey told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that his report on the subject highlights a "big variability" in the standard of the education received at different universities, with many of those studying to be children's social workers spending "relatively little time" looking at child development.

Sir Martin also noted that "only one-third" of those taking the university courses have one or more A-level qualifications.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 13 February.

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