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Newly Qualified Social Workers

We recognise that this first year in employment for newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) has the potential to make or break their career, and we believe our ASYE assists in creating a sound basis, increasing confidence and knowledge in that all-important first year.

The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) is an employer-based programme of support and development for NQSWs in their first year of employment. It is designed to help NQSWs to develop their skills, knowledge and capability and strengthen their professional confidence by providing them with access to regular and focused support.

All NQSWs in Camden are eligible to undertake the ASYE programme provided that they are registered on the programme via the DfE within two years of completing a recognised social work degree programme.

Workload management and learning opportunities

Camden is committed to a learning culture across Children’s Services and Adult Social Care. We offer support to all newly qualified social workers to undertake the relevant learning and development required to enable them develop skills and expertise across the professional capabilities framework (PCF) and the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) to help them build their confidence, thus enabling them to practice efficiently at an independent and competent level.

Over the course of the year, a NQSW will have a reduced workload; equivalent to 90% of what is expected of an experienced social workers. NWSQs workload are monitored closely and reviewed regularly by the supervisor, team manager and the Quality Assurance team. NQSWs receive regular supervision in line with the Standards for Employers of Social Workers in England:

  • supervision is provided weekly for the first 6 weeks
  • fortnightly for the remainder of the first 6 months
  • followed by at least monthly thereafter

Camden offers a comprehensive programme of learning and development for all social workers. Newly qualified social workers are actively encouraged to use research as part of an approach to enhance evidenced based practice.

  • NQSWs receive 2 days training and development time per month as part of the ASYE programme
  • NQSWs have access to a varied range of multi-agency and specialist social work training packages including external short courses especially commissioned for newly qualified social workers via the North Central London ASYE Partnership.
  • All NQSWs can access, the National Children’s Bureau research resources, Making Research Count and Research in Practice.

Mentoring

In addition to their regular supervision NQSWs in Camden are offered monthly mentoring support from an experience social work practitioner during their first 3 months.

  • Monthly reflective forums with NQSW colleagues in ASC is also available, they can also access to bespoke development workshop sessions and conferences as part of the North Central London Consortium.

Contact us to find out more at Resourcing@camden.gov.uk or 0207 974 6655.