Overview of social work

We provide a range of information and services to help you to create an effective workforce of social workers for both adult and child and family services.

We also have tools and resources for employers of social workers which focus on recruitment and retention, supporting continuing development of social workers and leadership and management. 

You can also keep up to date with the latest news and developments within the sector in the social work news section.  

The ASYE is a 12 month programme for assessing newly qualified social workers (NQSWs).

It supports the NQSW during their first year in employment, helping them to develop their skills, knowledge and professional confidence.

We help employers of newly qualified social workers to implement and embed the ASYE.

Follow the links to find information and resources to help you implement the ASYE in:


We've produced a webinar for employers who are new to the ASYE). It provides an overview of the ASYE in adult services and will help you to implement the programme in your organisation.



Case study examples of how adult and child and family services are successfully implementing the ASYE are avaiable on our Learn from others good practice website.

We can help you find and commission social workers to meet the requirements of the Care Act.

Our effective deployment of social workers and workforce capacity planning resources can help you to meet local and national demand for social workers.

We can also help if you employ social workers in private, voluntary and independent sectors.

The standards for employers of social workers in England outlines your responsibility to provide your social workers with a flexible approach to continuing professional development (CPD).

Our core principles and case studies will show you how you can provide CPD and measure the impact on your social workers.

We also provide action learning facilitation, a group based activity which helps social workers to tackle their day to day professional challenges.

Our Social work leadership toolkit and 360 development tool can help you to develop your staff as front line managers, advanced social work practitioners and social workers strategic level.

The 360 development tool  is linked to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and uses surveys to help your staff understand their strengths and where they need to improve to become a social work manger. 

For local and national information and updates about social work you can get involved in our social work area forums.

You can also sign up to receive our monthly social work briefing, which provides news and information about local meetings.