Funding to support new social workers

Published on Thursday, 26 July 2012 15:20
Posted by Scott Buckler

Every newly qualified social worker could benefit from £2,000 to boost their learning and development, under plans announced by Ministers today

Children's Minister Tim Loughton and Care services Minister Paul Burstow have announced funding to make sure that newly qualified social workers receive extra support in their first year of practice to help them become confident, competent professionals.

This funding is to assist employers of newly qualified social workers to:

implement an Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE),which supersedes the Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) framework from September 2012;provide regular support for their newly qualified social workers; and assess each newly qualified social worker during their first year of employment.

Tim Loughton, Minister for Children, said:

We are committed to improving the quality and availability of training for all social workers in order that the most vulnerable children and adults in our communities receive the best possible support.

I am confident employers will use the funding we have announced to give newly qualified social workers a great start to their careers.

Paul Burstow, Minister of State for Care Services, said:

This programme will make a practical difference to newly qualified social workers by ensuring that they are supported in their first job and will therefore have a better chance of becoming really good social workers.

The aim of the ASYE is to help newly qualified social workers develop their skills, improve their knowledge and strengthen their professional confidence.  It will provide them with access to regular support and ongoing assessment by their employer.

Earlier this year, Moira Gibb, Chair of the Social Work Reform Board, issued advance information on ASYE to employers so they could start preparing for implementation.

Employers of newly qualified social workers who undertake the ASYE will be entitled to receive this funding. Details of how to apply will be made available shortly on the Department for Education and Skills for Care websites.

The ASYE was recommended by the Social Work Task Force in their final report in 2009.  In March 2012 the Social Work Reform Board (SWRB) agreed that the ASYE should supersede the existing arrangements for newly qualified social workers from September 2012.

The ASYE has been built on the successes of the NQSW programmes.  An evaluation published today found that the NQSW programme in the children and families sector helped participants improve their skills, competence and confidence as social workers during their first year of practice.  NQSWs said that receiving regular, structured supervision helped them to reflect on their practice.

The Department for Education and Skills for Care has provided funding for more than 8,000 newly qualified social workers over three years of their NQSW programmes.

Source: ©DFE

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