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Supporting the First Year in Practice for Newly Qualified Social Workers

30 July 2012

Every newly qualified social worker could benefit from £2,000 to boost their learning and development, under plans announced by Ministers on 26 July 2012.

Every newly qualified social worker could benefit from £2,000 to boost their learning and development, under plans announced by Ministers on 26 July 2012.

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. The ASYE has been built on the successes of the NQSW programme.

The plans were announced alongside the publication of an evaluation led by Prof. John Carpenter, Professor of Social Work in the School for Policy Studies, which found that the Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) Programme helped participants improve their skills, competence and confidence as social workers with children and families during their first year of practice. 

The research team, which included colleagues from Salford University and King’s College, London showed that key to the programme was receiving regular, structured supervision which helped social workers to reflect on their practice and professional development. The research report is now published on the Department for education website: www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFE-RR229

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.’

 

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