Thursday, 19 February 2009

Save Readings School of Health and Social Care!

In an article in yesterday's Evening Post there are plans to close Readings School of Health and Social Care. The school could close in 2011 as a money-saving measure following a review by Reading University. The university came under fierce criticism in November when it closed its physics department.

I have signed the petition against the closure; please sign it too.

To close this department at the current time would be both short-sighted, with economic gloom on the horizon we will need social services more than ever.

This news is a further blow following recent inspections which highlighted genuine concerns about the quality of services the Labour-run Council provides for vulnerable children and the elderly in Reading.

The Chief Executive of Reading Borough Council Council admitted recently that the Council is having real difficulty recruiting social workers to work for RBC and as such it has been flagged as a major concern on the Council's corporate 'risk register.'

Michelle Humphries said: “I chose this university as I am a mother-of-three living and working in the Reading area. “I have worked in the social care field for 17 years. It would not have been possible for me to study anywhere else as I needed to be able to balance my work/home/ study time so that nothing was sacrificed. Closing the School of Health and Social Care will deny lots of other mature students like me the chance to go to uni.”

The problem goes wider than Reading, however. Nationally we are told that around 'two in three councils are struggling' to recruit and retain social workers.

Support the campaign and join the Facebook group


Cllr Daisy Benson said...

Hi Adrian,
Thanks for supporting the campaign. I posted the wrong Facebook link on my blog earlier - please can you replace it with the correct one?



Ellie M-R said...
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Adrian Windisch said...

Im glad you are also campaigning on this, if we can get the other parties to join us we can win.

The facebook group has shot up this afternoon from 11 to 22!

The Petition has gone up from 378 to 398 already

Ellie M-R said...

I am a social work student on the course at Reading Uni.. It's a complete disgrace.. they're also closing a social work course in London.. and it appears that it's all to do with funding.. If they close this course there will be no other course like this available in the whole of the berkshire area and there is already a problem of recruitment and retention of social workers at the local authorities around here..