21 June 2013
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has become one of the first higher education institutions (HEIs) to be endorsed by the College of Social Work.
UCLan was one of only five universities to be recognised after the college recently launched an endorsement scheme aimed at providing a kite mark of quality to qualifying social work degree programmes.
The scheme assesses whether colleges and universities are implementing reforms identified as necessary to improve the quality of social work education in England. UCLan, Middlesex University, University of Brighton, University of Lincoln and University of Manchester have all been endorsed.
“UCLan is proud to be one of the very first University social work programmes to achieve the quality badge of endorsement from the College of Social Work.”
Dr Jo Cunningham, Associate Dean, School of Social Work, said: “UCLan is proud to be one of the very first University social work programmes to achieve the quality badge of endorsement from the College of Social Work.
“We have met their demanding criteria and are delighted to be taking forward the reform agenda for social work education to ensure we are delivering the best quality social work graduates into the workforce. This is a proud day for UCLan and for the whole team at the School of Social Work.”
The College’s Education Advisor Kate Johnson said: “The College has worked with representatives from across the sector to create its latest endorsement scheme, which acts as a means of identifying, highlighting and celebrating quality in qualifying social work degree programmes.”
“We have met their demanding criteria and are delighted to be taking forward the reform agenda for social work education to ensure we are delivering the best quality social work graduates into the workforce.”
Professor Hilary Tompsett, Board member of the College of Social Work, added: “College endorsement will help reassure employers, people who use services, carers and students that endorsed degree courses are in line with the improvement agenda and will produce high calibre newly trained social workers to enter the profession.”
The University faced a rigorous assessment process in which it was measured against a set of quality criteria over and above the threshold standards required by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) that HEIs must demonstrate in order to deliver a social work degree programme.
A list of all endorsed course providers will be published on the College of Social Work’s website to help prospective students and social worker employers with their course selection.