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

In line with the exciting transformation that is happening within mental health social work, a new training matrix has been developed to support the training needs of the workforce - from Admin Officer to Service Manager. We are committed to offering high quality continuous professional development for all our staff. Social Workers in mental health are supported to achieve Approved Mental Health Practitioner (AMPH) and a comprehensive development and training plan will be put in place to help you achieve this. Social Workers with 2 years post qualifying experience will be expected to undertake the AMPH 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.

Kent County Council is 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 to develop and outlines our expectations about the areas you need to be skilled in to deliver the kind of work that is expected of you.

We are also introducing 'Signs of Safety', covering Early Help and Specialist Children's Services as our county wide practice model.

You will have professional responsibility to keep your knowledge and skills up to date, and to continually strive to be the best practitioner you can be.

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 Kent County Council identifies and promotes talent through clearly articulated 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 they 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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