Latest developments

New guidance on direct observations for practice assessors

One of the requirements of our highly successful Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme for newly qualified social workers (NQSWs), is that direct observations are undertaken by a registered social worker. Obviously, the pandemic has changed the nature of social work practice and, therefore, has implications on the nature of NQSW assessment and its various components, especially direct observations. Therefore, we’ve developed new guidance to support practice assessors undertaking both face-to-face and virtual direct observations. This was co-produced with employers and reflects how practice is evolving.

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ASYE assessors' online forum - Wednesday 15 September, 14:00-16:30

Thank you to everyone who attended the first, very popular, ASYE assessor's forum. The next one will be in September. 

This will be an opportunity to share good practice and to discuss the impact of working in the "new normal" to support NQSWs as we're adjusting to the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions. We’d also like to hear from you as we continue to produce new guidance for the ASYE.  

The forum is open for anyone who is assessing NQSWs from both adults and child and family services.

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Supporting the new generation of social workers in a changing world: Part 2 - Thursday 30 September, 10:00-16:30 (with breaks) 

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Following a successful round of national ASYE events earlier this year, we’re planning our next ASYE event for September. The day will be split into three sessions and will offer the opportunity to continue exploring the important themes of:

  • the NQSW experience at the centre of the ASYE
  • ensuring anti-racist practice is a key component of a fully inclusive ASYE
  • delivering the ASYE as a one profession programme.

Attendees will have an opportunity to engage with the latest developments on the national ASYE framework and there will be a mixture of keynote speakers, presentations and opportunities for feedback and networking. We want to hear your views and will make the sessions as interactive as possible.

This event will be most relevant for ASYE coordinators and PSWs or equivalent senior management roles. We encourage attendees to attend all sessions on the day and CPD certificates will be available.

This event is not aimed at NQSWs or ASYE assessors. We’d encourage the people in these roles to consider the NQSW online forum and ASYE assessors’ online forum which are held quarterly. These can be booked (if bookings are open) via the links on this page. 

 

If you'd like to view the videos of the keynote speeches and panel sessions from our previous ASYE events which were held in March 2021, please click on the links below: 

⇨ ASYE Day 1 - Joint Chief Social Worker for Adults keynote address
⇨ ASYE Day 1 - NQSW Experience at the centre of the ASYE
⇨ ASYE Day 2 - Inclusivity in the ASYE keynote speakers
⇨ ASYE Day 2 - Inclusivity in the ASYE panel session
⇨ ASYE Day 3 - Chief Social Worker for Children and Families keynote address
⇨ ASYE Day 3 - Continuing the ASYE learning and quality assurance journey

 


NQSW online forum - Tuesday 12 October, 14:00-16:00

Our popular NQSW online forum brings together Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) from across the country to share experiences of doing the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). 

The forum is an opportunity, for you as a NQSW, to share your thoughts and opinions about what you think works well and where there is room for improvement. We’ll use the forum to hear your views and explore themes. 

This event is for NQSWs from both adults and child and family services who would like the opportunity to influence the national framework of the ASYE programme.

Bookings to open soon.


Child and family ASYE report 2020-21

We're very pleased to announce the publication of our third annual report. Please take some time to read through the report which provides key findings from our quality assurance visits, 360 degree evaluation tool and feedback from consultations and events throughout the year. We asked the sector their views on equality, diversity and inclusion in the ASYE. We quote from our findings "Going forward it is our intention to be explicit about the need for anti-racist practice in the ASYE alongside the need for inclusivity. We're encouraging employers to go on this journey with us."

Read the report    


Post-qualifying Standards for adult social work supervisors

We’re pleased to announce an update to our webpage for the post-qualifying standards for social work supervisors pathway. The post-qualifying standards for social work supervisors in adult social care development pathway is an employer-led programme of support and assessment against the post-qualification standards.

The update includes:

  • a refreshed statement about the importance of this key area of service development from Chief Social Worker for Adults, Fran Leddra
  • more detailed guidance and portfolio templates for undertaking the pathway
  • links to useful resources from RiPfA related to their Train the Trainer Supervisor Development Programme (TTSDP)

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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 marketing@skillsforcare.org.uk. 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.    


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.