UNISON has been consulting our members for their views on the government’s plans to introduce a National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) for children and family social workers who carry out statutory roles. The Government plans to begin the roll out this year to your council and 30 others across England. The full list is here.
Our social worker members’ responses to our survey show that they overwhelmingly oppose the introduction of this system. Our social care forum has also requested that we oppose it. UNISON have therefore written the a letter that will be sent to the Leader and chief executive of this council and the 30 others, outlining our members’ objections and requesting that they refuse to participate in the roll out of NAAS. The letter can be viewed here.
Once the Children and Social Work Bill becomes law and we have the finalised details relating the NAAS, we will then explore the implications of members not participating in it. In the meantime we should focus our efforts on encouraging councils to not participate in the scheme.
PS. The Association of Directors of Children’s Services have today highlighted their criticisms of the system http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2017/03/14/social-worker-accreditation-scheme-poor-value-directors-warn/