Posted: Mon 24th Oct 2016

New Developments In Support For Newly Qualified Social Workers /
This article is old - Published: Monday, Oct 24th, 2016

Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent are celebrating the launch of the First Three Years in Practice – Social Work Support Programme. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The launch event of the Social Work Support Programme took place on Friday 21st October and was opened by Ian Thomas from the Care Council for Wales at the Newbridge Memo, where an overview of the support programme was presented. This includes the practice framework and the development of the support programme. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Social Work Support Programme will aim to: – ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • Ensure that all newly qualified social workers have a smooth transition from being a student to a confident practitioner
  • Increase social work retention and satisfaction
  • Ensure citizens are provided with consistently high quality services
  • Develop a support network for NQSW
  • Support the implementation of the Care Council for Wales – Social Workers First Three Years in Practice Framework Guidance

The Development of the programme was supported by consultation with citizens, research of other support programmes and publications and listening to the feedback received from newly qualified Social Workers.
The Support Programme will also enable newly qualified Social Workers to prepare for their future development. All Social Workers who qualify after April 2016 will be required to complete the Care Council for Wales – Consolidation Programme. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Robin Woodyatt, Cabinet Member for Social Services said: “I am delighted that the First Three Years in Practice – Social Work Support Programme is being launched as this will provide a valuable mentoring service for newly qualified social workers. The service will allow social workers to grow in both confidence and competence as they receive mentoring and training, as well as introducing them to professional social work. I look forward to seeing how the Support Programme develops into the future”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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