The Children’s Workforce Development Council has begun a consultation to shape the three-year pilot programme to support newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) in children’s services.
It wants to develop outcome statements outlining what skills, knowledge and experience NQSWs should be able to demonstrate by the end of their first year of practice.
These will underpin the pilot programme, due to begin in September, under which new graduates in children’s services roles in England will receive structured support and development, including managed caseloads and enhanced supervision. The Department for Children, Schools and Families has charged CWDC with developing the programme.
Last week, a DCSF official said just one-third of recently qualified social workers who attended CWDC workshops in January and February said their degree fully or largely prepared them for their job.