Skills for Care

ASYE co-ordinators and senior managers, including your principal social worker, will be involved in a successful ASYE programme. 

ASYE co-ordinators

The ASYE co-ordinator may or may not be a registered social worker. Responsibilities include:

  • undertaking the funding application
  • managing the Skills for Care ASYE portal
  • quality assuring the delivery of the programme and driving its continuous improvement
  • applying for NQSW certificates for completing the programme
  • submitting the action plan for continuous development.

Submitting the action plan for continuous development for child and family ASYE

If you're the primary contact responsible for managing the child and family ASYE funding application for your organisation, you'll have access to the funding platform. To submit the action plan, you must log into the platform. Once logged in, you’ll see that you can start a new application for action plan for continuous development 2023/24. Press the blue start button to be taken to the online form version of the action plan. 

The online version mirrors the information in the Word version of the action plan, so if you’ve already filled this in, you can copy and paste the information into the online version. 

Please make sure you’ve completed and submitted your action plan by 31 March 2024 to ensure that you receive your funding. If it’s not submitted, you’ll be in breach of the terms and conditions outlined in the ASYE grant letter. 

The online form is easy to navigate and submit but if you have any questions or difficulties in filling in the action plan in the funding platform, please email  


ASYE drop-in sessions

The drop-in sessions are for ASYE leads/co-ordinators. We operate on a ‘open door’ basis, you can join whenever you want to and stay for as long as you want to. It’s a space to ask anything you’d like clarification on about the ASYE programme, or you can just listen to what other people are asking and discussing. 

All drop in sessions are 10:00-12:00:

  • Tuesday 9 April
  • Wednesday 15 May       
  • Thursday 20 June          
  • Wednesday 10 July       
  • Wednesday 14 August 
  • Tuesday 17 September 
  • Thursday 17 October     
  • Wednesday 20 November        
  • Wednesday 11 December        
  • Wednesday 15 January
  • Wednesday 19 February          
  • Wednesday 19 March   

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Senior managers

A senior manager oversees other managers and is responsible for key organisational programmes such as the ASYE. They may be the principal social worker for the organisation. The programme will benefit from the active support and involvement of senior managers. This level of support should impact all those involved in the ASYE programme and should mirror in your organisational ASYE documents, policies and procedures.


Principal social workers 

Principal social workers may have responsibility for the oversight and quality assurance of your programme and the welfare of all those involved in the programme.


ASYE portal administration

The assessor or a senior manager will be the lead name for the Skills for Care portal. The portal administrator role includes:

  • keep contact details up to date
  • log all NQSWs starting and completing their ASYE in your service 
  • update the status of the NQSW i.e. paused/withdrawn from their ASYE
  • claim ASYE funding and request ASYE certificates

Access the portal 


Managing the ASYE programme

You may be responsible for managing the ASYE programme in your service. There may be separate ASYE programmes for child and family and adult services in your organisation. 

The two programmes are now the same - it may be beneficial if your two programmes co-deliver either the entire ASYE programme or parts of it. This single approach will encourage joint working and expand the learning and development opportunities.


ASYE co-ordinator responsibilities

  • ASYE handbook - for NQSWs but is also a useful for ASYE assessors, line managers, senior managers and HR

  • ASYE workshops
  • action learning sets and group supervision
  • Supporting a failing NQSW



National evaluation criteria

The ASYE national evaluation criteria (NEC) supports the continuous development and quality of a programme.

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Employers can use the NEC to ensure their programme is a successful one. It also includes specific areas that are one step beyond the NEC, known as NEC+. The evaluation criteria will evolve where evidence from the sector indicates that they should be developed further.