Training and development 2019-01-21T09:56:38+00:00

We’re proud to be recognised for the opportunities we provide for career development, training and secondment.

Continuing Professional Development Offer

We passionately believe that investing in our people is key to helping them provide practice-led services that are focused on achieving the best outcomes for our most vulnerable residents.

We have summarised the continuing professional development resources and services that staff can access, a link to the full document can be found at CPD Offer

The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)

Social work is demanding. We know this, so we’ve made significant investments in a new Social Work Academy to help newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) develop the skills, knowledge and professional confidence needed to prepare for the demands of front line social work. You’ll have peer support and mentoring, structured learning linked to practice, protected caseloads, frequent supervision, action learning sets and protected study time.

  • A dedicated manager
  • A robust and relevant professional development programme
  • Small group learning with peers
  • Defined learning outcomes with plenty of support
  • Masterclasses with practice leaders.

Learning, Development and Accreditation

You’ll have access to a wide range of learning and development opportunities, including:

  • Internal training in key areas like strength-based practice, mental capacity, safeguarding, evidence-based decision-making and continuing healthcare
  • Vocational qualifications like the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care, and accredited Post-Qualifying modules like the Best Interest Assessor and AMHP qualifications through local Universities
  • Leadership and manager development
  • Work-based placements.

High Quality Practice Placements

We work in partnership with local universities to provide excellent work-based placements for students on social work degree courses. Final year placements will usually be in one of our operational teams, with opportunities for first year students in partner agencies in the voluntary or independent sector.

Our staff say...

We’re encouraged to ask questions about ‘how we do things’ – there’s a genuine openness to creativity and innovation.

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What really comes across is how managers really understand your cases. Everyone from the team managers right up to the head of service are social workers.

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We’re busy but have realistic caseloads. We’re given the time and resources to think creatively about the best options for individuals.

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There’s such a broad range of training available it’s like having your own fruit tree with an endless supply of apples, oranges, pears and plums!

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The training on offer is fantastic, but more than that, I’ve found that there’s a genuine interest in individuals

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When I go to work, I know that I am making a real, long-term difference and I’m not being asked to cover over issues with a sticking plaster.

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