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Evaluation of the Early Professional Development (EPD) pilot programme for children and families social workers


Evaluating the Early Professional Development Pilot programme social work programme currently being piloted in England. The Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) introduced an enhanced learning and staff development programme (Early Professional Development (EPD) Pilot Programme for Children and Families Social Workers) to promote the professional development of social workers.


2010 - 2011 

Research team

James Blewett and Jane Tunstill (SCWRU)
Steven Shardlow (principal investigator), Hugh McLaughlin and Helen Scholar (University of Salford)
John Carpenter (principal investigator) and Dendy Platt (University of Bristol)


Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC)


This evaluation is investigating whether the EPD programme is meeting its objectives. It has two components: a longitudinal study of the cohorts that commenced the EPD in 2009 and 2010 (Study One), and a qualitative study of a sample of participants on the EPD Pilot Programme, (taken from the above cohorts) and the agencies in which they are employed (Study Two).


The initial findings of this study will be published in 2011.


The research team will produce regular reports for the CWDC.


The study will enable policy makers to assess if the EPD scheme is meeting its objectives and contributing to the on-going programme of social work reform.
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