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Qualification: Social Work

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the grade is of the most senior member of staff at Ofsted with a qualification in social work. (284448)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 9 July 2009:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, for a response.

The grade of the most senior members of staff at Ofsted to hold a qualification in social work is Deputy Director, equivalent to senior civil service (SCS) pay band 1. Two individuals hold posts at this grade.

As part of internal restructuring announced last September, Ofsted is currently recruiting a Director, Development (Social Care). She or he is required to hold a professional qualification in social work and to demonstrate ‘relevant knowledge and experience as a senior manager of social work and child protection services’.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.