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Wednesday, 28th January, 2009

Children’s Secretary Ed Balls and Health Secretary Alan Johnson have announced the membership of the Social Work Taskforce, set up to undertake a comprehensive review of frontline social work practice.  Ed Balls said:

“I know some people have raised concerns about how ICS works and I am determined to make sure social workers have the best system they can. Good record keeping is vital. But it is essential that social workers are able to do their jobs with the minimum of bureaucracy and they are able to achieve the right balance between maintaining their records and spending time with vulnerable families.”

The Social Work Taskforce has been asked to identify any barriers social workers face in doing their jobs effectively and has been asked to make recommendations for improvements and long-term reform in social work. One of its first priorities will be to carry out a review of the effectiveness of Integrated Children’s Systems and the IT used by social workers to keep records of their cases.

The Taskforce will meet for the first time in early February 2009 and will report to both the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families and to the Secretary of State for Health in summer 2009.

More information is avalilable here on Sue’s project for the Public Services Programme on the use of ICT in child welfare and recent media reports are also available.