Post-qualifying standards for social work supervisors pathway


The post-qualifying standards for social work supervisors in adult social care development pathway is an employer-led programme of support and assessment against the post-qualification standards. Participating in the pathway will support employers and practice supervisors to demonstrate their capability and develop their professional confidence. The aim is to develop national consistency in supervision practice and knowledge. 

The post-qualifying standards for social work supervisors in adult social care were published at the end of 2018. It’s a key area of service development which is part of the Chief Social Workers vision for the future of the social work profession.

“High quality supervision is essential if we are to support social workers to think through the issues, dilemmas and the interventions and approaches which best support people and those who care for them. Supervisors have been crucial to the success of the ASYE programme and their role in quality assuring practice, supporting career pathways and improving morale, helping to develop and retain the social work workforce.

To be effective, practice supervisors need to have the right knowledge, skills and capabilities to carry out their role and to support and challenge decisions with other professionals – particularly important given the integrated, multi-professional settings where social work practice is increasingly located. 

We published post-qualifying standards for adult social work supervisors at the end of 2018, setting out, for the first time, the standard we expect a supervisor to meet. And our work over the last year with Skills for Care and the sector to design a skills development and evaluation pathway and the materials and support required, will support employers to ensure the standards are applied consistently.”

We’ve produced practice guidance and a self-assessment tool which links to our infographic. These three documents form the basis of the guidance for the post-qualifying standards for social work supervisors. They were produced with the support of the six early implementation (EI) sites and the sub reference group who met in September 2019.

Our recent regional events took place during November and December. However, we will update this page with details of any future events. 

The first national moderation panel for this work met on 12 July 2019 to discuss the data collected from the evaluations of the pilots that the EI sites have completed, as well as moderating 12 portfolios from the EI sites. This will help inform the future basis of the moderation process, following the national roll out of the scheme. The national moderation panels will take place twice a year, with the next panel taking place on 8 January 2020.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Skills for Care are working with Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) to develop and deliver a Train the Trainer Supervisor Development Programme (TTSDP) for social workers working in adult services. The programme will focus on enabling and empowering training and workforce development within local authorities to deliver the learning internally or regionally. It will comprise three days of learning using a ‘Train the Trainer’ approach and involves a combination of face to face teaching and self-directed/facilitated study.