Practice examples and templates

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Tools and templates used by other employers

We've established a champions group of employers to find and share useful information which will help you embed the knowledge and skills for child and family social work.

The group has identified tools and templates to help you identify the learning needs of the NQSW and provide progressive development and assessment.

They have also gathered information to help you to link the requirements of the knowledge and skills for child and family social work with the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).

 

The champions group have identified a set of principles to help you plan an ASYE assessment process which are linked to the knowledge and skills for child and family social work.

Some of the principles relate to the initial audit of the knowledge and skills for child and family social work and can be used to check your current assessment process.

As more examples are identified, we will look to update the principles.

Self-assessment audits are used to identify your NQSWs initial learning needs. The learning needs will then be added to the professional development plan (PDP), which needs to be regularly reviewed and updated

Your NQSWs will need to have an initial assessment against the knowledge and skills for child and family social work, as part of their registration for funding. 

Examples of how to introduce self-assessments

The following examples have been shared by employers of child and family social workers.

They have been reviewed by the champions group and feedback has been provided. 

Enfield Council

This is an example of a self-assessment which has been completed by the NQSW and links to the main statements from the knowledge and skills for child and family social work.

Feedback from the working group:
It’s not clear whether their process includes verification by the assessor. It could be improved by identifying the learning needs and linking to the PDP.

A revised template has been produced following feedback from the working group.

Merton Council

This detailed self-assessment template, splits the requirements of the knowledge and skills for child and family social work into sub-statements.

The assessor must scale and verify the NQSW performance against each sub statement. This feedback can be shared during supervision.

The template requires learning needs to be linked to the PDP and is reviewed at three, six and nine months. Evidence of progress is required at the end of the year.

Feedback from the working group:
This process is time consuming for the NQSW and the assessor. It could be seen as a second assessment running alongside the original PCF assessment.

Wandsworth Council

This flexible template can be used at the start or during the ASYE to measures how well the NQSW can reflect on their impact.

It includes all aspects of the knowledge and skills for child and family social work and helps the NQSW to show an analytical approach to learning.

It’s likely that this tool will support preparation for the Approved Child and Family Practitioner (ACFP) assessment.

Feedback from the working group:
This in an intense piece of work as the assessor is required to mark and comment on each submission.

The record of support and progressive assessment and the critical reflection log are useful templates which will help you to deliver the ASYE framework across adult and child and family services.   

The record of support and progressive assessment (RSPA)

This template is completed by the assessor and provides a summative record of the NQSW’s progressive development. It includes:

  • the support and assessment agreement
  • three and six month reviews
  • the final recommendation and assessment outcome.

Useful templates

We have worked with Merton Council to adapt the RSPA for child and family employers.

Essex County Council has created a combined template, which will be useful if you are running and moderating the ASYE across adults and child and family services.

The critical reflection log (CRL)

This template is completed by your NQSWs to demonstrate their progressive development and how they have reflected on practice.

The CRL has four parts, which link the ASYE journey, support progressive development and evidence of development.

It is a holistic document which brings together the evidence requirements of the KSS and the PCF.

Useful templates

We have worked with Merton Council to adapt the CRL for child and family employers.

Essex County Council has created a combined template, which will be useful if you are running and moderating the ASYE across adults and child and family services.

How should the templates be used?

We have developed these templates in partnership with the London Borough of Merton and Essex County Council

When used together these documents will help you to meet all the requirements of the knowledge and skills for child and family social work, the Professional Capabilities Framework and the Standards for Employers of Social Workers in England.   

They are based on the critical reflection log and record of support and progressive assessment templates for the ASYE in adult services. 

British Association of Social Workers (BASW) are responsible for reviewing the relationship between the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and other standards.

They will be agreeing how the PCF and other standards interact.

This table shows where the knowledge and skills statement overlaps with the requirements of the PCF.

As you will see the knowledge and skills statement does not include all of the PCF domains. Using both standards will ensure a holistic approach to assessment.

Examples

There are different interpretations of where the PCF domains align to the knowledge and skills.

Listed below are some examples which show other ways the two documents have been connected.

Warrington County Council - Mapping document

This example explains each KSS statements and shows where they link to the individual capability statements.

 You could use this for reference or to identify gaps and learning needs of the NQSW. This can be used instead of assessment criteria.

Sheffield County Council – Initial assessment

This resource will help the assessor and the NQSW to evidence capability in self-assessment against the knowledge and skills.

It offers a range of CPD activities which will help to provide evidence and support development  and can be used over a six week induction period.

Holistic assessment outcomes

The holistic assessment outcomes are included on pages 2-4 of the critical reflection log and record of support and progressive assessment

They provide a holistic overview and schedule of key assessment outcomes, which have been mapped against the KSS and the PCF.

They can help to create a professional development plan (PDP) for the NQSW and structure evidence for the final assessment. 

Plymouth City Council - External or peer moderation reviewer template

This resource should be used is you are using different models for the ASYE

Plymouth City Council and partners have set up an external moderation process for employers in child and family services. As everyone is using different models for the ASYE this template covers the essential evidence that you'd expect to be presented. 

Feedback from the working group:
The template would be improved by including reference to arrangements for workload relief

If you have any examples of practice you would like to share with our champions group please email us

The working group will share examples at the area social networks and workshops.  They also working with their local social work coordinators to collect feedback to inform future work by this group.

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