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University of Essex to play key role in delivering Jersey Care Inquiry recommendation

The University of Sussex is playing a major role in helping to implement a key recommendation from an inquiry and develop a social work degree course on Jersey.

The new social work degree course is being introduced at University College Jersey (UCJ) for the first time under a new partnership with the University of Sussex in a bid to build a highly skilled workforce of social workers and end the island’s reliance on temporary and agency staff.

From September 2019 there will be a new BA in Social Work degree at Highlands College which will be run in a unique partnership with the University of Sussex, who will be co-teaching the course with a local team of lecturers for its first three years and continuing support beyond 2022.

The decision to establish this degree course in the island was made following the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (IJCI), with one of its 41 recommendations outlining the need to build a stable and competent workforce. The report of the inquiry looking back at the abuse of children on the island since 1945 was published in July 2017.

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