Cuts Watch #314: The Children’s Workforce Development Council
Michael Gove has told Sir Paul Ennals, Chair of the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) that the Department for Education will cease funding the CWDC by 2012, after which its “ongoing core activities” will be transferred to the Department.
178 jobs are at risk in the move, which will have particularly important consequences for the training of social workers and the early years workforce. Jane Haywood, the organisation’s Chief Executive, said she intended to keep CWDC in being as a sector skills body.
John Chowcat, the general secretary of Aspect said:
The great strides made in recent years have been founded on the professional development of a full range of discrete skills. CWDC has been critical to this development and in the context of the widely understood need to consolidate the delivery of children’s services this decision is a mistake.
This decision will hinder the close working of both the different agencies in children’s services and inhibit professional development. It will make the work of children’s services managers and professionals even more difficult at a time when cuts in local authority funding will raise new problems.