Overview of the ASYE

Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) 

Assessed and supported year in education

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The Department for Education (DfE) continues to fund the delivery of the child and family Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme. Skills for Care is now responsible for the operational management of the ASYE on behalf of DfE. Skills for Care also supports 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. Skills for Care will be supporting this through:

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

The Department for Education 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 record of support and progressive assessment or the learning agreement to record this information.

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

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 Department for Education may ask to see these records.

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.

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.

The Knowledge and Skills Statement is specific to child and family social work. 

The Department for Education does not have a preferred method for gathering ASYE evidence for child and family social workers.

This means you could use the current assessment process used for social workers in adult services that has been adapted for use in child and family social work.

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.

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.

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