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Medway academy launched

by James Renoux-Wood Wed 7 May 2014, 10:58 am

An academy to recruit and train social workers has been launched in Medway.

The scheme, set up by Medway Council in partnership with the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, will aim to improve social work retention rates, by offering trainee and qualified social workers “better support and access to continuing professional development”.

Up to 50 trainee places will be created at the academy, as well as a faculty for qualified social workers with three years experience.

David Shemmings, professor of child protection research at the University of Kent, said: “Social workers face enormous pressures when trying to support families and protect children.

“The value of an academy is that it offers them the time to learn new skills and digest contemporary research, away from the stresses of their daily work.”

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