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Social workers mark their first year in the job

Published on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SOCIAL workers in the city have been awarded certificates to mark their first year in the job.

Sixteen newly-qualified social workers, working in either children’s or adult social care services, have completed their AYSE – assessed and supported year in employment.

Many of them attended an event at City Hall last week (6 June), to celebrate the next stage in their ongoing training and development.

To complete their first year in employment, social workers have to demonstrate that they understand the specific needs of the diverse communities they’ll be working in. They also have to show a thorough understanding of the law, safeguarding, and how they handle working in challenging situations.

The city council has invested heavily in the recruitment and training of social workers, particularly since an Ofsted report of children’s services in 2015 identified major improvements were needed.

More recent monitoring inspections of children’s services have found ‘significant progress’ in improving and stabilising the social care workforce.

Recently, £500,000 has been invested in a nationally-renowned training programme called Signs of Safety, which will help social workers to raise standards and improve the way they liaise with families.

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor for children, young people and schools, said: “It’s great to see our social workers reaching this milestone in their new careers.

“We are committed to building a stable, well-supported workforce and this has been recognised in our recent monitoring visits from Ofsted.

“Recent advertised vacancies for social workers have attracted a very high number of applications, which demonstrates that our social care services are increasingly seen as an attractive place to work.”

Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who leads on adult social care, said: “We all know the challenges associated with providing social care for an ageing population and these are the people who are at the front line of that challenge.

“I’m really pleased that we can show our social workers how much we value their work and support them in their professional development, so that they can help us all, as a society, to provide dignity and support for people in their old age and for adults with special needs.”

The idea behind the assessed and supported year in employment is to help newly-qualified social workers to consolidate their degree learning and strengthen their professional confidence. 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.