Social work funding
Funding to support new social workers announced 26 July 2012
Children's Minister Tim Loughton and Care Services Minister Paul Burstow have announced funding to make sure that newly qualified social workers receive extra support in their first year of practice to help them become confident, competent professionals.
This funding will assist employers of newly qualified social workers to:
- implement an Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE), which supersedes the Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) framework from September 2012;
- provide regular support for their newly qualified social workers;
- assess each newly qualified social worker during their first year of employment.
Tim Loughton, Minister for Children, said:
"We are committed to improving the quality and availability of training for all social workers in order that the most vulnerable children and adults in our communities receive the best possible support.
"I am confident employers will use the funding we have announced to give newly qualified social workers a great start to their careers."
Paul Burstow, Minister of State for Care Services, said:
"This programme will make a practical difference to newly qualified social workers by ensuring they are supported in their first job and will therefore have a better chance of becoming really good social workers."
The aim of the ASYE is to help newly qualified social workers develop their skills, improve their knowledge and strengthen their professional confidence. It will provide them with access to regular support and ongoing assessment by their employer.
Employers of newly qualified social workers who undertake the ASYE will be entitled to receive this funding. Details of how to apply will be made available on here shortly.
Link to the full news release http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews
Employer Transition Fund
The Employer Transition Fund helps adult social work employers support each other to continue supporting Newly Qualified Social Workers and prepare for implementation of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).
The deadline for applications is 30 April 2012
A decision on funding support for employers of NQSWs is still being finalised. Please look regularly at this page for updates.