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Learn to Care - closed with effect from 31 March 2019

The national committee of Learn to Care confirms that, following its final AGM held in November 2018, it will cease operations in March 2019.

It is with regret that this national organisation that has promoted social care workforce development since 1988 and represents professionals responsible for social workers’ and other adults’ and children’s services staff members’ learning and development, is to wind up due to financial constraints and changes to how local authorities operate.

Changing staff roles, financial cuts and better support for social care staff locally and nationally has driven the decision together with the increasing difficulty in sustaining a national committee in recent years due to there being far fewer specialists supporting adults’ and children’s social care in workforce development. The last few years has also seen the centralisation of workforce development functions in many councils together with increased travel restrictions making participation in meetings and events much more difficult.

There has been an emergence of other networks, notably among principal social workers (PSWs) and the national PSW Network will continue to work alongside national and local workforce development forums and groups to support the development of social care staff and promote social care across the country.

For more information please refer to this article in Community Care