Skills for Care

The schedule of key assessment outcomes will assist in the construction of the professional development plan, the structure of the evidence and the final assessment.

It may be helpful to consider the relationship between the knowledge and skills statement (KSS) and the professional capabilities framework (PCF) as follows.

  • The KSS provides an overall context that describes the role and expectations of the social worker in adult services.
  • The KSS is designed to build upon and enhance the PCF, which remains the overarching standards framework applicable to all social workers in whatever role or setting.
  • All social workers should be able to demonstrate knowledge of all aspects of the KSS and development in those aspects which are relevant to the service setting.
  • The PCF details the level expected of the NQSW at the end of the ASYE.
  • All social workers need to demonstrate progression; the ASYE and KSS level descriptors are the minimum requirement at the end of ASYE.


Holistic assessment of practice and the assessment outcomes

The following information shows each aspect of the holistic assessment of practice (the level descriptor contained in the KSS and PCF) and the assessment outcomes (taken from KSS, critical reflection log and the record of support and progressive development).


Consistently demonstrated proficient practice across a wide range of tasks and roles

  • Confident application of the law to include the Care Act and Mental Capacity Act, demonstrated by a variety of cases and settings.
  • Skilled demonstration of person-centred practice.
  • Progressive development of skills in identifying and responding to risk including positive risk-taking.


Become more effective in their interventions

  • Progressive development of practice skills and knowledge.
  • Skilled application of social media work methods.
  • Skilled in developing effecitve and empathic relationships to ensure that the wishes of those in need of care and support are at the core of assessment and intervention.


Developed confidence and earned the confidence and respect of others

  • Confident articulation of the social work role.
  • Leadership skills in team and multi-disciplinary settings.
  • Consistent demonstration of reasoned decision-making.


Gained experience and skills in relation to a particular setting and user-group

  • Development and confident application of knowledge relevant to the service setting.
  • Increased ability to work autonomously.
  • Reliably operating within organisational requirements.


Consistently used supervision to seek, support, exercise initiative and evaluate their own practice

  • Proactive use of supervision.
  • Increased ability to reflect on, evaluate and alter their own practice.
  • Progressive development of initiative and appropriate decision-making.


Worked effectively in increasingly complex situations

  • Providing evidence of all of the above requirements will incorporate this element.


Assessment of critical reflection

The following information shows the outcomes of the assessment of critical reflection and associated evidence from the critical reflective log.


Reflected critically about their practice, using information from a range of sources

  • Continuous learning and changed practice.
  • Increased self-awareness about continuous progress and development as a professional.
  • Consistent demonstration of sound, professional judgement.
  • Increased understanding of the role and purpose of social work.


Integrated the perpsective of those in need of care and support across all aspects of their critical reflection, building on their feedback where appropriate

  • Improvements in approach to person-centred practice.
  • Undertaking effective assessments, which draw critically on theory, law, research and evidence as well as information from a range of sources.


Used critical reflection in professional decision-making and accountability

  • Drawing critically on theory, legislation, research and evidence to demonstrate effective practice in managing risk, capacity and safe-guarding.