Community Care are running a story today that reports on a survey of practitioners conducted by the College of Social Work that found “Most social workers would not pay more than £50 to join the College of Social Work”.
The College, recommended by the Social Work Task Force last year, is charged with improving the Social Work profession through five functions:
- providing a strong voice for, and leadership to, the profession;
- defining the values and purpose of social work;
- developing, upholding and supporting standards;
- providing guidance and support to the profession; and
- shaping training and development.
Most professions have professional colleges or bodies that support this sort of work. Most professionals pay registration fees to a national college or body. In fact a quick bit of googling revealed that professionals pay the following: teachers pay £36.50 per year, psychologists pay £110 per year, accountants pay c £220 per year, occupational therapists pay c £250 per year.
So I appreciate that there is a range of fees paid depending on profession but my personal view is that if Social Workers value their profession then they may just need to pay to preserve and promote it and £50 a year really isn’t going to go very far. That said, I agree with many others who have been commenting that for many people the College’s offer is still not clear – and who would offer money without knowing what they’d get for it. Guess time will tell.