Skills for Care

Quality assurance for the ASYE is achieved through external and internal moderation practices.

On this page you can find out more about:


External moderation 

Creating national consistency and confidence

We’re coordinating the external moderation process for the Assessed and Support Year in Employment (ASYE) in adult services. Having an external moderation process will help you to provide quality assessment decisions which are consistent with the national standard. Partnership moderation and the national moderation panel provide the two levels of external moderation. 

What is partnership moderation?

If you’ve registered for funding, you'll need to join or be a member of an ASYE partnership.  

Your assessment outcomes will be moderated by the partnership to ensure that they meet the requirements of the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Social Workers in Adult Services 2015 and the Professional Capabilities Framework.

The partnership will provide feedback on each assessment but won't overturn your decision. 

The partnership moderation process helps to identify a 10% sample of average and good assessment outcomes from across the partnership. Details of this sample will be recorded in a summary report which will be submitted to the national moderation panel. The exemplar external moderation summary report is a completed version of this.

Our additional guidance for partnerships provides more information about partnership moderation. See also guidance on developing a memorandum of collaboration.

What is the national moderation panel?

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.

We'll be coordinating this process on behalf of the panel and will provide you and your partnership with feedback on your assessment outcomes. Information moderated by the panel will be used to create a national report.

Key messages from the national moderation panel: 

External moderation templates

The assessment moderator should use the external moderation reviewer template to record their feedback on your assessments.

ASYE partnerships can use the external moderation partnership summary report template to summarise the external moderation process.



Internal assessment, confirmation and moderation 

Helping you to review the quality and consistency of your assessment process

Having an internal moderation process will help you to confirm the correct assessment decision is made for each NQSW at the end of the ASYE in adult services. 

The internal moderation template and summary report template will help you to capture the information you'll need to develop a strong internal assessment process.

Your internal assessment process will be checked by an external moderation panel to make sure it meets the requirements of the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Social Workers in Adult Services and the Professional Capabilities Framework.

This applies to all social work employers regardless of size, sector and number of NQSWs and you'll need to be a member of an ASYE partnership. 

What is the internal moderation process?

The internal moderation process involves moderation and confirmation of the final assessment decision. It'll review the quality and consistency of each assessment decision at the end of the ASYE.

You’ll be provided with feedback following the moderation process. This may include recommendations to help you to develop a higher standard of assessment.

Confirmation of the assessment decision

This will only be made once it has been moderated. The final ASYE assessment outcome should be a collective decision. If there are any capability issues surrounding the assessment decision of the assessor, you'll need to take action to ensure the final decision is consistent with the national standards. 


Internal moderation template and summary report

Internal moderation template

The internal moderation template has two parts which will help you to demonstrate a clear process for internal moderation.

Part one is a quality checklist which can be completed by any member of your moderation process. It confirms that all the requirements of ASYE have been met by your NQSW and they've provided sufficient evidence.

Part two can be used to check the assessor’s decision and must be completed by a registered social worker.

Use the internal moderation guidance to help you complete this template.

Internal moderation summary report

The internal moderation summary report will help you to summarise the outcomes of the moderation process and will include recommendations for future assessments.

The completed report can be shared with the national moderation panel as part of the external moderation process.


Is there a benchmark for internal moderation?

The internal moderation template includes some standards to help you establish a benchmark for internal moderation.

The standards focus on:

  • the internal moderation process 

  • management and delivery of the ASYE assessment process

  • management of the internal moderation process 

  • reviewing and scrutinising the ASYE assessment decisions

  • recording and reporting

  • capability issues.


360 degree feedback tool 

We've developed a 360 degree feedback tool to support the development of the regulated professional workforce and we encourage you to use it. The tool enables you to obtain collated feedback from all those involved in the ASYE which can be used to inform the development of the programme.

Access the 360 degree feedback tool

Download guidance on how to use the tool