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How a group of opinionated social workers is driving change in Bristol council

Bristol is one of a handful of local authorities nationally to have set up a social work board, bringing together practitioners, senior managers and academics from local universities. Here, social worker Megan Robb explains why she joined the board. I’m sure we’ve all had occasions in our working lives when we thought: “If only senior […]

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How to reduce newly qualified social workers’ anxiety about the Mental Capacity Act

The assessment and management of mental capacity can be a complex area, but if the practice implications are discussed and taught from the beginning of social work training, many of the anxieties faced by newly qualified social workers can be circumnavigated, says Nikki Burton, social worker and member of the College of Social Work’s professional […]

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‘Senior managers are the weak link in the chain of the assessed year’

Even when registered on the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE), many newly qualified social workers are not getting the support they need, writes Nikki Burton. Burton: ‘The PCF is integral to the practice of effective social work’ I have just had my three-month ASYE review – my first ASYE assessment – and despite the […]

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Assessed year for newly qualified social workers ‘bedding in well’

“ASYE is here and it’s bedding in well.” That was the message  from Skills for Care’s Graham Woodham at Community Care Live this week. Woodham said 815 newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) in adult services and 1,921 in children’s services are now registered on the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE), which was rolled out […]

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