Free 'come back to social work' training scheme launched

19 September 2016

Cheshire West and Chester social workers, who have left the profession in the last two to five years, can apply for free training to support them to re-register and return to practice under a new pilot scheme.

Created in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA), department for Education and Department of Health, the ‘Come Back to Social Work’ campaign has been launched in a bid to tackle a national shortage of experienced social work professionals.

Successful applicants will be informed next month and provided with 13 weeks’ training to prepare them to re-register with the Health and Care Professions Council and be ready for work from early 2017. 

All applicants, whether successful or not, will have access to a personal development plan on the site for six months which will aim to help them with future applications. They will also be held in a “talent pool” for the Council to consider supporting them back into practice.

Nicole Meardon, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Cheshire West and Chester Said: “Many talented people have left or are leaving the sector, for a variety of reasons; maybe to take a career break, or to focus on family.

“Social work is a constantly evolving profession so many of these people who have taken time out may be daunted to return however their experience and skills make them incredibly valuable.

“‘Come Back to Social Work’ offers a fantastic opportunity for us to learn how to overcome any perceived barriers to re-joining the profession and to encourage more former social workers to consider a return and make a real contribution.

“Now is also a particularly exciting time to be joining the Council as we are in the midst of rolling out new ways of working, leading the way in transforming and modernising social work practice.”
Deadline for submissions is Friday 30 September 2016. To further information and to apply visit 

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