Good practice examples that support the ASYE

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The good practice examples and templates below will help you to embed the knowledge and skills for child and family social work in the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).

Employers have told us that being able to share good practice is really helpful when planning for implementation. Your representative will be asking for examples of good practice, if you think you are doing something a bit special please contact them.



The critical reflection log and record of support and progressive assessment

The record of support and progressive assessment (RSPA) and the critical reflection log (CRL) are useful templates which will help you to deliver the ASYE framework across adult and child and family services.

The record of support and progressive assessment (RSPA)

This template is completed by the assessor and provides a summative record of the newly-qualified social worker NQSW’s progressive development. It includes;

  • the support and assessment agreement
  • three and six month reviews
  • the final recommendation and assessment outcome.


The critical reflection log (CRL)

This template is completed by your NQSWs to demonstrate their progressive development and how they have reflected on practice.

The CRL has four parts, which link the ASYE journey, support progressive development and evidence of development.

It’s a holistic document which brings together the evidence requirements of the KSS and the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).


East Riding -  ASYE timeline/checklist

A useful checklist that reminds all participants of their responsibilities and the actions that are required at significant points in the ASYE year. East Riding are using the Skills for Care paperwork modified by Merton for their programme, but  the timeline could easily be modified to fit in with other ASYE processes.


Plymouth Unitary Council - Ensuring that all requirements of the KSS are met in the ASYE year

This example will be helpful to employers managing a large number of NQSW’s and assessors across a range of services. It's a simple electronic system that allows for tracking and speedy intervention by the ASYE lead if required. The outcome has been an improvement In the quality of the assessment and the process with a knock on effect on retention post ASYE.


Self-assessment audits are used to identify your NQSWs initial learning needs, but they can also be used at any stage of a social workers career to identify gaps in knowledge or skills in relation to the KSS. The learning needs can then be added to the professional development plan (PDP), which needs to be regularly reviewed and updated.

Audit Tool – Assessments and Care Plans – using the KSS

This tool can be used for the ASYE and at other social work levels to test the knowledge and skills statement, through the auditing of an assessment and accompanying care plan.


The following examples have been shared by employers of child and family social workers.

They have been reviewed by the champions group and feedback has been provided. 

Enfield Council

This is an example of a self-assessment which has been completed by the NQSW and links to the main statements from the knowledge and skills for child and family social work.

Feedback from the working group
It’s not clear whether their process includes verification by the assessor. It could be improved by identifying the learning needs and linking to the PDP.

A revised template has been produced following feedback from the working group.

Merton Council

This detailed self-assessment template, splits the requirements of the knowledge and skills for child and family social work into sub-statements.

The assessor must scale and verify the NQSW performance against each sub statement. This feedback can be shared during supervision.

The template requires learning needs to be linked to the PDP and is reviewed at three, six and nine months. Evidence of progress is required at the end of the year.

Feedback from the working group
This process is time consuming for the NQSW and the assessor. It could be seen as a second assessment running alongside the original PCF assessment.

Wandsworth Council

This flexible template can be used at the start or during the ASYE to measure how well the NQSW can reflect on their impact.

It includes all aspects of the knowledge and skills for child and family social work and helps the NQSW to show an analytical approach to learning.

Feedback from the working group
This is an extensive piece of work as the assessor is required to mark and comment on each submission.


British Association of Social Workers (BASW) are responsible for reviewing the relationship between the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and other standards.

They will be agreeing how the PCF and other standards interact.

This table shows where the knowledge and skills statement overlaps with the requirements of the PCF.

As you will see the KSS does not include all of the PCF domains. Using both standards will ensure a holistic approach to assessment.


There are different interpretations of where the PCF domains align to the knowledge and skills.

Listed below are some examples which show other ways the two documents have been connected.

Warrington County Council - Mapping document

This example explains each KSS statements and shows where they link to the individual capability statements.

You could use this for reference or to identify gaps and learning needs of the NQSW. This can be used instead of assessment criteria.

Sheffield County Council – Initial assessment

This resource will help the assessor and the NQSW to evidence capability in self-assessment against the KSS.

It offers a range of CPD activities which will help to provide evidence and support development  and can be used over a six week induction period.

The holistic assessment outcomes are included on pages 2-4 of the critical reflection log and record of support and progressive assessment. 

They provide a holistic overview and schedule of key assessment outcomes, which have been mapped against the KSS and the PCF.

They can help to create a professional development plan (PDP) for the NQSW and structure evidence for the final assessment. 

Plymouth Unitary Council - External or peer moderation reviewer template

This resource could be used if you are using different models for the ASYE.

Plymouth Unitary Council and partners have set up an external moderation process for employers in child and family services. As everyone is using different models for the ASYE this template covers the essential evidence that you'd expect to be presented. 

Feedback from the working group:
The template would be improved by including reference to arrangements for workload relief.

These useful feedback forms were developed by Cumbria County Council to evaluate their ASYE programme.

In Cumbria the ASYE coordinator has individual conversations with each NQSW who has completed the ASYE.

Benefits to using these include evidence for senior managers of the impact of the ASYE programme. As well as an opportunity for the NQSW to review their development over the year.   

ASYE feedbak form

Assessor feedback form