Training and development

Newly qualified social workers

All newly qualified social workers joining Kent are part of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme.

This means that during your first year of practice:

  • you will have weekly supervision for the first 6 weeks, fortnightly supervision for the next 20 weeks and then supervision every 4 weeks after that
  • you will have a job plan which ensures you have sufficient development time and a reduced caseload during your first year
  • you will produce an online portfolio with the support of your ASYE supervisor/assessor
  • your assessment will be matched against the capabilities of the Newly Qualified Social Worker level of the refreshed Professional Capabilities Framework and the Chief Social Worker's Knowledge and Skills Statement for Social Workers in Adult Services.

Professional development and training

A new training matrix has been developed to support the professional needs of our workforce - from administration officers to service managers. We are committed to offering high quality continuous professional development for all our staff. Our Social Workers in mental health are supported to achieve Approved Mental Health Practitioner (AMHP) status. Social workers with 2 years’ post qualifying experience will be expected to undertake the AMHP training.

We invest in our employees to make sure you have the right skills and experience to provide a first-class service to the people of Kent. We also expect a high standard of social work in return. To help you achieve this we have created clear practice standards covering our core social work activities.

We are accredited with full Investors in People (IiP) status and we are proud of the development opportunities we offer. Our comprehensive learning and development programme supports you and outlines the skills you need to deliver the work that is expected.

Capability framework

We have developed a capability framework for registered workers based on the Professional Capabilities for Social Workers and College of Occupational Therapists' Post Qualifying Framework.

The aims of the framework are to:

  • support you to develop capability in your profession
  • enable you to progress in your career so that your expertise can be used in the best way possible for the people of Kent
  • ensure that you can remain registered (as a social worker, occupational therapist or nurse).

The capability framework will also set out how we identify and promote talent through clear career pathways at all levels in the organisation.

Structure of the framework

The framework has 5 areas essential to social care:

  • skills - what a practitioner should be able to do for their role
  • knowledge - what practitioners need to know
  • behaviours and values - attitudes, empathy, and how a practitioner should act
  • professionalism and the organisation - accountability as an employee of Kent County Council
  • leadership and management - responsibility for other workers.

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