Government drops pledge to invest in new social work training routes

The government has dropped a pledge to invest in new social work training routes as part of a halving of committed spending on developing the adult social care workforce. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) revealed last week that it was reducing planned additional spending on workforce development in adults’ services from £500m from 2022-25 to £250m from 2023-25. This came in a policy paper setting out next steps on taking forward its 2021 adult social care white paper, People at the heart of care. It later confirmed to Community Care that two specific initiatives that it would no longer be implementing were investing in new routes into social work and wellbeing, mental health support and improved occupational health provision for the wider workforce. Read more.

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