Social workers mark their first year in the job

Social  workers in Northumberland  have been awarded certificates to mark their first year in the job.

Ten newly-qualified social workers, employed in Children’s Services, have successfully completed their AYSE – Assessed and Supported Year in Employment.

The ASYE programme  is designed to help newly qualified social workers to consolidate their degree learning by developing their skills and  knowledge and  strengthening their professional confidence in an employment environment.

It also means there is a national consistency to what a social worker should know and be able to do by the end of their first year in employment.

Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council,  Wayne Daley cabinet member with responsibility for children’s services said:

“ Northumberland Children’s Services has invested in a highly trained and professional  workforce to support and protect  some of the most vulnerable children in our community.

It’s great to see our social workers reaching this milestone in their new careers.

“ Social care cases vary greatly in their complexity;  some can be very demanding with detailed  investigations, legal work and challenging situations that would be unsuitable for someone to take on at the beginning of their ASYE.

Our  newly qualified social workers are well  supported by experienced members of the team and have  carefully selected caseloads so they are  taking on  cases appropriate to their experience.

“  We value their work and have found that supporting them in their early professional development makes  them far more confident in their decision making and much more able to cope  with the frontline challenges  ahead.”

Cath McEvoy executive director of children’s services at Northumberland County Council said:

“ In subsequent months of training it is vital for newly qualified social workers to have the opportunity to expand their knowledge base and experience by co-working cases with more experienced social workers. The ASYE Programme provides a forum to ‘test’ newly qualified social workers ability and resilience to manage complexity in a safe environment.”
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