The recommendations in the new approach to continuing professional development (CPD) recognise that learning takes place in different ways and is not always associated with a course. The standards for employers and supervision framework apply to all employers of social workers and outline the responsibility of employers to provide their staff with a flexible approach and provision for CPD.
Developing social workers' practice
Developing social workers' practice: Core principles for employers providing opportunities for social workers continuing professional development can be used by employers to support the continuing professional development (CPD) of the social work workforce. They embody key Social Work Reform Board products and provide guidance on how they can be used to inform organisational and professional development plans.
Further to this we have produced a series of case studies and resources to illustrate how these principles can be used in practice.
The principles have been developed and tested by a group of employers from across the country; including those with responsibility across Adult and Children's services.
Click here for the details of employers and universities who have been involved in this project.
Case studies for core principles in practice
We have worked with the employer partnerships to produce case studies and resources which demonstrate how the core principles can be applied to practice. As an extension of this project, a group of six development sites are testing impact evaluation tools used to measure the impact of CPD on professional practice. The final report for this phase of the project will be released in Spring 2014.
Click here to access the CPD case studies
Employer Transition Fund
We are supporting the implementation of the CPD approach by encouraging the development of partnerships through the Employer Transition Fund (ETF). The ETF is specific to the ASYE but can also include CPD and practice learning which align with the Social Work Reform Board principles.
There is support and funding (through the ETF) for the development of educators and managers , both of whom have key roles in promoting and facilitating ASYE, CPD and student placements within organisations.
The Social work leadership toolkit provides tools and resources to support the development of social workers across the experienced, advanced and strategic levels of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).
Further to this our area officers, events and monthly briefings provide additional support and information to encourage shared practice for CPD.
Quality assurance in practice learning (QAPL)
We are working in partnership with The College of Social Work to revise the quality assurance benchmark statement and evaluation tools for practice learning which was endorsed by the Social Work Reform Board in 2012. QAPL supports quality practice placements and is aligned to The College of Social Work’s professional endorsement of social work qualifying programmes.
Click here to access the 2012 edition of QAPL from The College of Social Work’s website
The QAPL data collection tool, developed as a transitional tool to support the implementation of QAPL, will be removed on 31 January 2014.
Click here to access the data collection tool
The Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS)
The PEPS outline two stages of progression for practice educators responsible for assessing, supervising and teaching social work students. The two stages correspond with the different levels of complexity and responsibility in teaching, assessing and supervising the social work degree.
For more information refer to The College of Social Work Practice Educator Professional Standards for social work.
The PEPS have been used broadly and successfully to support and develop social work educators. However, the new Practice Development Educator guidance, developed in response to employer feedback, is now more relevant for those supporting and assessing NQSWs or others engaging in formal or informal learning and development activities
Guidance for Practice Development Educators (PDE)
Working in collaboration with The College of Social Work and employers and universities we have developed new guidance for practice development educators, which builds on the learning from implementation of the PEPS.
The PDE is a registered social worker who takes responsibility for supporting, assessing and/or supervising social workers undertaking post qualifying professional development and learning. This includes the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE), Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes and activities and Approved Mental Health Practitioner (AMHP) programmes
This guidance includes:
We are running an workshop on the 17 December which will provide more information about the PDE guidance. Click here to book your place.