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Launch of the Return to Social Work Programme

The Return to Social Work Programme with the Government Equalities Office and Local Government Association launched at the start of January 2020 – supporting people who have left the profession back into social work roles. The national programme will provide support to 200 former social workers across England to return to their profession with local councils. Applications are open until 31 March 2020.

Find out more.

First ASYE child and family report published

We’re pleased to publish our first annual report for the ASYE for child and family services. This report seeks to present the overall state of play with regards to the delivery of the ASYE programme for children and families across the country in 2018-19. The report includes our key messages from the first year implementing the Cycle of Quality Assurance and Improvement. The key messages have been shared with the national NQSW community of practice and ASYE champions (employers) and groups. 

How to help people who want to employ their own care and support

As a result of feedback from the principal social workers network, we’ve produced a leaflet about how to support people who you think would benefit from employing, or would like to employ, their own care and support staff. The leaflet is available to download or you can request copies by emailing The leaflet is specifically for social workers and will help you to tell people about all the options available to them so that they can make an informed decision.

The new Social Work Integrated Degree Apprenticeship is now published 

The Social Work Integrated Degree Apprenticeship has been signed off by the Institute for Apprenticeships and will be published in the next fortnight (but hopefully sooner). 

For more information, read our news story at  

Principal Social Worker networks

We are delighted to announce that Skills for Care is now responsible for providing support to the Principal Social Worker (PSW) networks. This support includes hosting all relevant and up to date information about the networks on our website, managing the flow of communication and assisting your network chairs in the planning and running of the network meetings and annual conference. 

We are looking forward to developing our relationship with Principal Social Workers, and if you have any questions or would just like to get in touch, please email

ASYE national moderation panel key messages

The ASYE adult national moderation panel had its latest meeting on 20 March 2018. The key messages developed as a result of this panel meeting are now available.

The panel performs an important quality assurance role in the Department of Health and Social Care’s objective to ensure that all NQSWs undertaking ASYE achieve a consistent level of capability by the end of their first year in practice. The national moderation panel meets twice a year and has 12 members. Their role is to:

  • review the external moderation summary report for your partnership once a year
  • check a random 5% sample of your ASYE assessment reports.

To find out more, visit the external moderation pages of our website.

Assessors and supervisors toolkit

We've updated our assessors and supervisors toolkit. It supports assessors and supervisors to embed the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).

The toolkit includes guidance and resources on providing effective professional supervision and holistic assessment to newly qualified social workers undertaking the ASYE.

It has six sections which focus on:

  • roles and responsibilities
  • holistic assessment
  • recording progressive assessment
  • supporting supervision and assessment
  • continuing professional development and leadership
  • professional supervisory relationship.  

Find out more.

 Adult spring survey results

We've published the key messages from our latest survey. They reflect the findings of an online survey we conducted in spring 2017. The focus of the survey reflected the range of activity that we were  involved in or supported in the previous six months. We also took the opportunity to ask questions about a number of areas that we had not previously included in our regular surveys. 

Key messages include: 

  • levels of understanding of the current arrangements for the assessment of the ASYE (adults) against the KSS are high
  • assessors and NQSWs find the holistic assessment outcomes and the exemplar Critical Reflection Log useful
  • the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) is only partially embedded across the workforce (a third of employers have still not begun the process).
  • levels of understanding amongst social workers (excluding NQSWs) of the KSS and its relevance to their practice was lower than anticipated. This could be improved with more support from senior leaders and ensuring that the KSS is embedded throughout the culture and policies of organisations.

The full report is available now. 


Overview of the ASYE webinar

We've recorded a webinar that provides an overview of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) for employers who are new to the ASYE.

It will help you to implement the programme in your organisation.