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Social Work

Volume 227: debated on Wednesday 23 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken by her Department to encourage the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work to change its equal opportunities policies; and if she will make a statement.

The Department shares the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work's—CCETSW—commitment to ensure that individuals are not unfairly disadvantaged on the grounds of age, gender, disability, Ianguage, including sign language, race or religion.Various aspects of the implementation of CCETSW's equal opportunities policy were discussed at the last annual ministerial review in December 1992. It was emphasised that CCETSW should not give a misleading impression in its documentation about the emphasis it places on anti-racist and other anti-discriminatory issues in training, and this must not be at the expense of receiving a solid, practical grounding in other important professional and management skills.