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11 September 2007
The first graduates of a new Masters in social work at Cardiff University have been congratulated by professional and public bodies in Wales.
The two year postgraduate course taught by the Cardiff School of Social Sciences is the only course in Wales to provide professional training in social work at postgraduate level. The course meets the high professional requirements set by the Care Council for Wales and entitles graduates to use the protected title of ‘social worker’.
Dr Sally Holland, School of Social Sciences said: "The University congratulates the first graduates of the new Master's degree in Social Work.
The course has proved to be very popular with nearly five applicants for every place and we are pleased to continue to work closely with the Caring Council for Wales to deliver the recognised high standards of teaching."
The Care Council for Wales, which promotes high standards for social care workers to improve safeguards for users of social care services, congratulated graduates at a celebration event held by the School.
Mutale Nyoni, Chair of The Care Council for Wales said: "The new Cardiff Masters degree in Social Work makes an important contribution to our aim of ensuring children and adults who are receiving social care services can rely on a workforce that is properly trained, appropriately qualified and effectively regulated.
"We are very pleased with the whole ethos of the course where service users and employers work hand in hand with the University to plan and deliver social work training that properly equips social workers for the challenging profession that they are joining."
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW Cymru) also made a research award of £500 to student, Mary Clune, for her dissertation on ‘The public causes of private grievances: an analysis of radical themes in contemporary social work’.
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