The NAAS is a voluntary programme, designed to raise the professional status of child and family social workers, providing a clear career path as well as ensuring they have the knowledge and skills they need to practice effectively.
The programme forms part of the government’s reforms to children’s social work to improve the outcomes for children and families.
It was introduced as a benchmark of effective practice against the Post-Qualifying Standards (PQS), formally known as the knowledge and skills statements (KSS), which provides the foundation for a specialist career pathway for child and family social workers.
For further information and guidance on the NAAS, visit GOV.UK
The ASYE pathway to NAAS is open to any child and family social worker that has completed the ASYE programme in cohorts 6 (2017-18) or 7 (2018-19), and that is not employed by an ASYE employer, local authority or trust already participating in NAAS*.
A review of the pilot programme will inform any future availability of the pathway to cohorts 8 (2019-20) and beyond.
If you’re a social worker interested in the pathway, please speak with your ASYE lead.
For ASYE registered employers wanting further information on applying for the ASYE pathway to NAAS, log into the Skills for Care portal.
*Please note, for social workers already part of a local authority or trust involved with NAAS, you can still take part in the NAAS and should speak to your local NAAS lead about how.
To check if your organisation is involved with NAAS, visit GOV.UK.
The Department for Education provides ASYE employers with funding for training and development, for each candidate they support through the ASYE pathway to NAAS.
Funding will be paid in two installments, each paid upon completion of the following milestone:
- milestone 1: the social worker is registered for the pathway on the Skills for Care portal
- milestone 2: the social worker has taken the assessment and the date is recorded on the Skills for Care portal.
As this is a pilot programme, candidates will be required to complete the pathway and take the NAAS assessment before 31 May 2021 in order to receive the milestone 2 funding.
Please note this funding is in addition to the £2,000 the Department for Education provides to employers for each newly qualified social worker they support through ASYE. For further information and guidance on this funding, visit GOV.UK.