Overview of the ASYE

Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) 

Assessed and supported year in education

The Department for Education (DfE) continues to fund the delivery of the children and families Assessed and  Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme together with Skills for Care who support the adults ASYE programme on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. 

The DfE ASYE programme is a one year, employer led induction programme which provides support and assessment to newly-qualified social workers (NQSW) working with children and families during their first year of employment.

This section includes information about how you can register, assess and support the NQSW. There is also information about ASYE certification.

Currently the Department for Education gives employers of child and family social workers £2,000 for each newly qualified social worker they support through ASYE. .

If you who wish to register to provide the ASYE please email the social work reform team socialworkreform.SG@education.gov.uk.

How should I support my NQSWs to complete the ASYE?

The DfE requires that you provide your NQSW with the following support, which is included in the Standards for Employers of Social Workers;

  • regular supervision

  • a training and development plan

  • opportunities and protected time to meet their training and development needs

  • regular reviews of progress leading to a final assessment.  

You can use the record of support and progressive assessment or a learning agreement to record this information. All NQSW’s must have a learning agreement in place.

The record of support and progressive assessment or the learning agreement can also be used to record any concerns or issues.

If any concerns are raised about the capability of the NQSW, the ASYE assessor should speak with the ASYE co-ordinator and HR.

Any capability issues raised during the ASYE will need to be managed separately through performance management procedures.

In this case the DfE may ask to see these records.

What are the assessed requirements?

As of November 2014, your child and family social workers should be assessed against the requirements of the Knowledge and Skills for child and family social work.2014

All candidates must be trained and assessed against the Knowledge and Skills Statement for child and family social workers.

It is still expected that a mid-year review will take place for all candidates and that candidates will complete the programme within one year. Therefore a final assessment should take place on a date which is a maximum of 12 months after commencement of the programme.

The Government response to the consultation on the statement of knowledge and skills for child and family social work makes it clear that the professional capability framework (PCF) is an overarching standards framework while the knowledge and skills statement is specific to child and family social work.

Which method should we use to collect evidence?

The DfE doesn't have a preferred method for gathering ASYE evidence for child and family social workers.

This means you could develop your own or use the example that Merton has produced which is based on that used for social workers in adult services. 

Who will assess the NQSW?

The ASYE assessor must be a registered social worker, and they should have the necessary experience for the role. The assessor will support, assess and record the progress of the NQSW over the year.

How will the final decision be made?

As the employer you will make the pass/fail decision at the end of the ASYE.You must consider whether your NQSW has met the requirements of the Knowledge and Skills Statement, taking into account the recommendation of the assessor.The assessor’s recommendation should be;

  • accurate - Consistent with the expectations of the Knowledge and Skills Statement (and the PCF ASYE capabilities if used). 

  • valid - Based on evidence that reflects the breadth of the NQSW’s work throughout the year and their progression. 

  • robust - Based on evidence that is checked and consistent and leads to a defensible judgement. 

  • sufficient - Based on a sufficiently broad and varied range of different types of evidence.  

Our guidance on the internal and external moderation process will help you to check the quality of the assessment decision. A recent survey indicated that most child and family employers have an internal moderation process in place and the majority are members of an external moderation panel.

Employers should contact the DfE for ASYE certificates once candidates have successfully completed their ASYE:

Contact socialworkreform.sg@education.gov.uk for more information. 

The FAQs will help to answer questions you may have about the ASYE. If you need more information you can email us at childandfamilyasye@skillsforcare.org.uk