The recently published policy document Putting children first – Delivering our vision for excellent children’s social care outlines how the Government will deliver fundamental reform across children’s social care services in England.
“Our vision is for a social work profession that has fully confident and highly capable social workers, who have been properly trained in the right way with the right knowledge and skills. They must have the opportunity to work in supportive environments that facilitate critical thinking and enable them to make the best decisions for children and families.” Putting children first – July 2016 Department for Education (DfE).
There are three levels of professional practice;
- Approved Child and Family Practitioner – this applies to lead professionals working with named children under the local authority’s statutory framework (commonly referred to as ‘case responsibility’).
- Practice supervision – this applies to those responsible for educating, developing and supervising social workers.
- Practice leadership – this applies to those responsible for social work services for children. The development of practice leadership will start in 2016.
We can support you to provide the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) for newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) working in child and family social work. We provide information on registration and funding, guidance and good practice examples and case studies.
Together with employers the Government has undertaken an extensive period of activity to establish the most effective way to assess social workers. This aim of the assessment and accreditation is to increase public confidence in social workers working with children most at risk.
The assessment and accreditation system will provide that mechanism, so that employers and the public can be assured that social workers meet the expectations of the Knowledge and Skills Statement (child and Family) 2014.
Moving into supervisory roles is equally important and it’s essential that social workers are supported in this transition to ensure they are properly able to supervise and support others under their responsibility.
That’s why DfE will establish a new programme for the development of those making the transition from frontline practice into practice supervision, similar to the ASYE for frontline practitioners. The programme will launch its first cohort in 2017.
Practice supervisors will be assessed against the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Practice Supervisors.