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Social Work training 'needs upgrading'

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

Sir Martin Narey also suggests some of the students recruited are not up to the job and that course standards vary.

He is calling for tighter minimum entry standards and the standardisation of what is taught.

The British Association of Social Workers says there is scope to improve the quality of training.

However, it said university education was only part of the story.

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