The evaluation criteria has been developed to reflect good practice for ASYE programmes and all elements of the quality assurance (QA) and continuous improvement (CI) cycle are based on these. The evaluation criteria encompass key themes, all of which are important to the success of the ASYE - The Child and Family ASYE programme:
- is delivered in accordance with the ASYE Framework and Employer Standards
- ensures that the Knowledge and Skills Statement and the Professional Capabilities Framework underpin NQSW professional practice
- the NQSWs’ experience of undertaking the ASYE is central to the quality assurance and continuous improvement process
- the ASYE programme is integrated within the wider organisational system.
Child and family employers are responsible for ensuring the quality of their ASYE programmes. This involves:
- Developing and maintaining a quality assurance process appropriate to organisational needs and circumstances.
- Feeding into the national quality assurance framework and cycle of continuous improvement.
- Sharing learning and innovative practice.
Skills for Care is responsible for implementing and maintaining a framework of support for child and family employers.
Skills for Care assures the quality of local ASYE programme delivery through:
- The development of evaluation criteria and supporting materials
- An organisational 360 degree evaluation tool
- In-depth quality assurance review visits
- Responses to employers where issues are identified
Skills for Care supports employers to develop and implement best practice in their ASYE programmes through:
In the national quality assurance (QA) and continuous improvement (CI) framework, NQSWs have a key role in influencing quality.
The NQSW Community of Practice is a mechanism for the NQSW body to feedback on their experience and be invested in future developments.
Local ASYE programmes are encouraged to share good practice via the NQSW Community of Practice.
This case study provides some ideas and direction for setting up a process for supporting NQSWs through action learning.
It considers the organisational and team challenges in the approach. There was a limited evaluation of the project which reports favourably on the benefits.
Employers have told us that sharing learning and innovative practice between employers is very beneficial.
Employers are encouraged to present examples of things that have worked well in their organisation to the NQSW community of practice and the employer champions group. These groups will then make a decision about how to share them with the sector.