Social work academic co-hosts statement launch for national digital development of social care

The launch is part of the Building a Digital Ready Workforce project.

Date: 24 March 2020

Dr Denise Turner, a senior lecturer in Social Work, will be co-hosting the virtual launch of the Digital Capabilities statement on Thursday 26 March. The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is hosting the webinar, which will provide key stakeholders with the latest information.

The aim of the project is to help social workers to be confident using digital technology and data to support their increasingly complex role. It will focus on the effective use of data, digital technology and social networks.

The statement has been created in partnership with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and Health Education England (HEE), and forms a part of the Building a Digital Ready Workforce project, a national programme supported by Health Education England and NHS Digital. 

Dr Turner said: “The new Digital Capabilities statement launches at a time when the importance of digital connectivity and skills has been highlighted through the outbreak of coronavirus.  The project team has worked closely with the sector to identify positive practice, as well as highlighting unmet practice needs for social work with adults, children and families in England. 

“It has been a pleasure to Chair the Advisory Group for this project and to work with committed people from the health, social care and social work sectors. The statement and practice framework will support social workers with practice judgements and meeting the needs of those who use services, as well as emphasising the importance of embedding digital skills within social work education.  In the past weeks, perhaps more than ever before, we have all seen the necessity for digital skills to keep us connected during a time of national crisis.”

Photograph of Dr Denise Turner