Gaining your qualifications is just the start in entering your career as a social worker. You’ve proved you’ve got what it takes to be a social worker through your knowledge, qualifications and skills. However, training to be a social worker doesn’t end with achieving a qualification and there are certain requirements to keep you developing your skill set and ensure you’re up to date with the latest legislation, research and practice. There are a wide range of training opportunities for those who want to develop their skills further and enhance their CPD.
All social workers in England must undertake continuous professional development if they wish to remain registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and continue to practice as a social worker.
The Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE) for social workers in England
ASYE is designed to support social workers in England who have recently qualified. Newly qualified social workers (NQSW) undertaking the ASYE are given professional supervision and assessment by a qualified social worker as well as a reduced caseload and time for reflection. This method of easing new social workers into the profession was first introduced six years ago and has been embraced by many services as a way of boosting their recruitment offer to newly qualified social workers.
The guiding principles of ASYE are:
- Regular and structured supervision;
- Workload management;
- Professional development;
- Development time to focus on continuing professional development needs.
Progress to Excellence
As mentioned in our previous blog posts, Progress to Excellence deliver training in health and social care, providing learners and employers with quality provision and work closely with them to communicate regularly about progress, industry news and opportunities.
Progress to Excellence Ltd offers a full suite of health and social care and business related qualifications to support the training needs of health and social care employers. For more information, call 0151 650 6933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAN Training offer a wide range of services to a wide range of workers and organisations. Their comprehensive ranges of services are available to children’s residential care workers, fostering services, early years settings, as well as organisations working with young people.
They provide Induction Courses (Level 3), Specialist Courses (Level 3), Management courses (Level 5) in Adult Care. They also provide the courses below. If any of these interest you call 0800 1777 733 for more information.
Courses for Adult Social Workers
- Safeguarding of vulnerable adults
- Mental capacity act
Harmful Sexual Behaviours
- Identifying and managing sexually harmful behaviours in residential settings
- AIM2 Assessment of adolescents who display sexually harmful behaviour
Working with Parents
- CAN Training offer a range of specialist short courses around parenting young children and the development of young children.
Research in Practice
If you’ve read our previous blog on Research in Practice you’ll know that the organisation don’t just look at practice, they also support managers, commissioners, carers and senior leaders; by providing training, producing briefings, webinars, podcasts, evaluation support and action research projects.
Research in Practice provides a range of learning resources and events:
- Case Law and Legal Summaries
- Evaluation services
- Learning events
- Research and Policy Updates
- Tailored Support
If any of these sound like something you’d be interested in, click here to find out more.
Your CPD should be relevant to your work. For example, if you are managing a team, your CPD could be based around your skills in appraising your team, supporting their development and financial planning.
Here are some examples the HCPC gives of CPD activities:
- Work-based learning: reflecting on experiences, considering feedback from service users, being a member of a committee.
- Professional activity:mentoring or teaching others, being an expert witness, giving presentations at conferences.
- Formal education:going on courses, doing research, distance learning, planning or running a course.
- Self-directed learning: reading articles, reviewing books and articles, updating knowledge through using the internet.