Support and progressive assessment

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Helping you record the progressive development of your newly qualified social workers

Supporting your NQSWs and recording their progressive assessment is an important part of the ASYE.

The record of support and progressive assessment (RSPA) and the critical reflection log (CRL) can help you to reduce paperwork and ensure your assessments are consistent with the national model. Guidance on how to use both the record of support and progressive assessment and the critical reflection log are available.

We've developed an evidence checklist to support you in recording and evidencing the ASYE.

You have a responsibility to manage the workload of your NQSWs so they can make effective use of their protected development time. This helps the NQSW to cope with the increasing complexity of their role.

This section focuses on requirements of the Knowledge and Skills Statement for social workers in adult services (KSS) and provides information for you to support your NQSW to complete the ASYE.

It also focuses on the roles and responsibilities of your NQSW and the assessor.

We have created the revised ASYE documentation in partnership with employers and other stakeholders. It will help you to record evidence which:

  • builds on your previous experience of the ASYE
  • minimises bureaucracy
  • reduces the burden on you
  • meets the  required standards
  • supports progressive assessment
  • facilitates national consistency and portability
  • raises the standards of individual and organisational practice.

The RSPA and the CRL templates encourages continuous learning.

They can be used to record evidence of progressive development which informs the holistic assessment.

Both documents require the NQSW to reflect on feedback and link this to their professional development plan (PDP).

With their assessor they can reflect on the impact further learning  could have on their practice.

The critical reflection log

The CRL shows the ability of the NQSW to reflect on and learn from their practice.

It demonstrates that they can make reasoned professional judgments, which reflect on the progressive nature of the assessment process.

The critical reflection and holistic assessment section provides more information.

Managing progressive development

To support progressive development the supervisor must manage the NQSW’s workload.

They must also ensure that the NQSW makes effective use of the protected development time, which helps them to cope with increasing complexity.

There is guidance on workload management and protected development time.

The RSPA and CRL should be used together to meet the KSS evidence requirements and the PCF capabilities.

They provide evidence of the holistic assessment process and help the NQSW to reflect on their practice.

How to use the templates

The CRL and RSPA are integrated templates and should be completed together.

The assessor is responsible for overseeing the assessment process and completing the RSPA. There is some guidance to help the assessor complete the RSPA.

The RSPA includes assessment reviews at three, six and twelve months. This should be used alongside the CRL which is completed by the NQSW.

There is guidance on recording and evidencing the ASYE, we've also put together an evidence checklist

As the employer you should are responsible for:

  • providing a working environment which supports the successful delivery of the ASYE
  • developing a strategic approach to embedding the ASYE
  • quality of the ASYE process.

We have produced guidance to help you support the NQSW.

The assessor is responsible for the support and progressive assessment of the NQSW, and the recommendation of outcome at the end of the ASYE. 

The information below explains their role and responsibilities:

  • ensure the support and assessment arrangements identified in the record of support and progressive assessment are in place for the NQSW. Failure to do so could jeopardise the position of the employer in the event of a complaint by the NQSW.
  • undertake a professional assessment of  the NQSW’s capability against the KSS  and the PCF.
  • record the assessment of the NQSW’s progress using  the record of support and progressive assessment.
  • provide a professional recommendation which can be used for internal moderation and the final assessment decision
  • take account of their own continuing professional development and address their practice in these areas.

There is guidance on managing the NQSW’s workload.

There is a guide for NQSWs which provides a useful overview of the ASYE requirements.

The information below explains what your NQSWs will need to do to successfully complete the ASYE:

  • Social Work England registration requires the NQSW to be responsible for their professional development. Participation in the ASYE enables the NQSW to demonstrate this commitment from the start of their career.
  • regardless of their level of experience at the start of the ASYE, the NQSW needs to provide evidence of progressive development throughout their first year in practice. The basis of this is active participation in supervision and development opportunities.
  • the NQSW must evidence their developing professionalism through the critical reflection log, and present this to the assessor at the agreed review points.
  • demonstration of critically reflective practice is central to completing the critical reflection log. To achieve this, the NQSW must gather and make use of feedback from colleagues and people in need of care and support.
  • develop professional knowledge and practice within a theoretical and evidence based framework.