Employing social workers

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Helping you to find and keep the right social workers 

Recruiting and commissioning enough social workers to meet local needs is a key part of the Care Act.

Finding and keeping workers can help you to find the right people with the right skills to work to become social workers.

We also provide workforce commissioning and planning resources to help you plan your workforce effectively.

This page focuses on the recruitment and commissioning of different social work roles across adult services. 

If you recruit NQSWs, they should be undertaking the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE), which is a twelve month assessment programme.

It provides national consistency in what your social workers should know and be able to do by the end of their first year in employment. 

The ASYE should be used to assess social workers employed in adults, child and family and voluntary settings. 

Our effective deployment resource provides information and resources to help you with the commissioning of your social workers.

It highlights the requirements of the Care Act and supports directors of adult services, commissioners and workforce development professionals with their decision making.

We’ve created three videos which focus on the employment of social workers in the independent sector.

They show the benefits, the different roles and how they can be supported during the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).  

How social workers work

This video shows the different roles of a social worker employed in the independent sector.

How newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) are supported

This video shows how NQSWs are supported during the ASYE.

How organisations benefit

This video shows how your organisation could benefit fromemploying and supporting social workers in the independent sector.

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