The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)

This information has been co-published by Skills for Care and the Department for Education.

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The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) helps newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) to develop their skills, knowledge and capability and strengthen their professional confidence. It provides them with access to regular and focused support during their first year of employment.

The ASYE is open to NQSWs in the private and voluntary sectors, as well as the statutory sector. It is based on the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for social work and is certificated by the College of Social Work (TCSW).

Skills for Care are working in partnership with the Department for Education to support the implementation of the ASYE. We have produced information and resources which are linked to the PCF as well as a mini guide to the ASYE for NQSWs and a briefing letter for students.

There are ASYE FAQs. An evaluation report on the implementation of the ASYE in adult services is available. A longitudinal study of social workers in adult services who completed the ASYE by 31 March 2014 is now underway.

More information:

Adult services

The Department of Health (DH) has confirmed funding support for the 2014/15 financial year for employers of social workers in adult services.

Click here to register your NQSWs.

Please note the pre-registration of NQSWs for employers within local authorities and health settings closed on 25 July 2014. For employers within the private and voluntary sector, the registration deadline will close on Thursday 15 January 2015.

An information pack is available including a letter to employers, pre-registration application form and frequently asked questions.

Further enquiries for adult services - email asye@skillsforcare.org.uk

Children's services

The Department for Education has announced funding for the ASYE Programme 2014- 2015 to correspond with the launch of the consultation statement setting out the knowledge and skills for child and family social work and the piloting for a new status of approved child and family practitioner (ACFP). The funding will remain as in previous years however the terms and conditions of the grant have changed for new registrations following the introduction of consultation statement. These changes have been outlined in the ASYE grant offer letter.

The ASYE portal will open for new registration in August 2014.

For more information please email  Socialworkreform.sg@education.gsi.gov.uk

This information is relevant to employers, managers, supervisors and assessors and NQSWs.

Support and assessment of newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) during the ASYE should be provided by their employer. NQSWs need time to develop and employers support this through supervision, workload management, a professional development plan and time for development. This is outlined in The social work ASYE mini-guide for NQSWs.

Learning agreement

learning agreement helps employers to plan and set out the support and assessment for the individual NQSW. The documents below will help employers to create and use learning agreements:

Holistic assessment

The ASYE requires that a 'holistic assessment' is made of an NQSW’s capabilities. This is explained in The College of Social Work’s Understanding what is meant by Holistic Assessment. 

Further information about holistic assessment of the ASYE against the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) includes the following sections:

  • The PCF and holistic assessment
  • Who is the assessor
  • Progressive assessment
  • Consistency with the PCF level descriptor
  • Use of the individual capability statements
  • The importance of critical reflection
  • Feedback from people who need care and support
  • Evidence and the assessor’s professional judgement

Case studies published by Skills for Care and the Department for Education provide an illustrative guide to holistic assessment. There are also additional materials to support assessment which includes:

  • Assessor report template and examples of completed assessments.
  • Direct observation template.

This information is relevant to supervisors and assessors and NQSW's.

There are seven fictional case studies from different practice settings. Each case study has supporting evidence and illustrates how the generic requirements for the ASYE can be applied. These case studies demonstrate a number of different and complementary aspects of the assessment process and all of the case studies will be useful to assessors, managers and NQSWs in both adult and children’s settings. 

The case studies illustrate:

  • the standard required for successful completion of the ASYE
  • holistic assessment.

Click here to view the case studies.

This information is particularly relevant to employers, assessors and supervisors of the ASYE.

The ASYE is employer led and organisations are responsible for the decisions about success and failure in the ASYE and must ensure that judgements and processes for assessing a newly qualified social worker (NQSW) are:

  • consistent with the expectations of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and are a genuine reflection of the NQSW's performance
  • based on evidence which reflects the breadth of work and the processes undertaken by NQSW's as part of their assessment and development.
  • checked, confirmed and consistent across organisations and are reliable if challenged.

Employers can take advice from a range of sources, including HR colleagues. The strength of the decisions is dependent on the application of holistic assessment and requires effective contributions from the NQSW, the employer and representatives of the wider social work profession.

Click here for more information

This information is relevant to employers from voluntary and independent sector.

This information supports voluntary and private (independent) sector employers interested in supporting newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) to complete the ASYE.

Scenarios and a case study demonstrate the range of work that social workers perform in the independent sector and how the ASYE can be managed. All registered social workers are eligible for the ASYE, including those who are employed in positions that may not be classed as “social work” or have the term “social worker” within their title. So long as the role includes work of a sufficient complexity and type to meet the requirements of the PCF at ASYE level, an NQSW should be encouraged to participate.

This information should encourage and support independent sector employers and their NQSWs to engage with the ASYE. It provides an opportunity to contribute towards developing a vibrant, well qualified workforce, equipped to deliver high quality social care.

Click here for more information.

This information is relevant to employers, managers, supervisors and assessors and NQSWs.

Feedback from the people who are supported by social work services informs critical reflection and helps practitioners to improve their practice. Formal and informal feedback encourages relationship building and partnerships which is the toolkit for intuitive working.

Gathering feedback from people who need care and support is a crucial aspect of the ASYE as it contributes to the assessment process and supports NQSWs to continually develop their practice. There is a consensus that feedback should be used as part of the standardisation and quality assurance process; and there is a move to consider the role of feedback in the regulation of social workers.

Click here to access a range of tools and resources to support assessors and NQSWs to gather and use feedback from people who need care and support. 

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