In recent weeks children’s services directors have alluded to gaps in professional development support for social workers that have been felt since the closure of The College of Social Work.
This is certainly true of practice educators, with the Practice Education Professional Standards (PEPS) that were hosted by the College not having had a home or indeed a clear status since the organisation’s demise.
The PEPS set standards for the training of practice educators and their own continuing professional development. They were widely consulted on.and gained the backing of a wide range of stakeholders in the process. Yet now the framework is in limbo.
With no one championing the place of PEPS in social work training there will inevitably be a shift in how this is viewed as part of CPD. Social workers in the field will question its value and employers will wonder if they need to train staff to become practice educators.