The aim of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) is to ensure that newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) receive consistent support in their first year of practice so that they are able to become confident, competent professionals.
The ASYE is being implemented alongside other SWRB reforms, such as the Professional Capabilities Framework (of which the ASYE forms part), Standards for Employers and Supervision Framework and proposals for partnership working and continuing professional development (CPD). Implementing the ASYE is reliant on these other reforms and will be more successful if introduced alongside them.
The relationship between the ASYE and pay and progression is a matter for individual employers and staff.
Yes – provided that NQSWs register for an ASYE programme within two years of successfully completing a recognised social work degree programme. For those outside that timescale employers will want to be satisfied with the currency of the NQSW's skills and knowledge prior to approving eligibility for the programme.
If you are applying for a first post as a social worker more than two years after qualifying, it is most likely to be because you have at least maintained if not developed your knowledge and skills. Generally the way to do that is by employment in a social care or other related role and by complementing this by reading, reflecting and taking advantage of opportunities for CPD. In the same way as this will equip you for gaining future employment, it will also be necessary for you to undertake this type of activity to maintain your registration with the Heath and Care Professions Council.
The ASYE began in September 2012 and employers can put NQSWs appointed before this date on the programme. Employers are not able to receive funding for the same social worker under both the NQSW and ASYE programmes.
No. The ASYE can be used in all settings including the voluntary, private and independent sectors. The role in which the NQSW is employed needs to include work that is of a sufficient level and kind to meet the expectations of all nine domains of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) at ASYE level.
We would encourage small employers to join partnerships in their area to ensure sufficient support is available for the NQSW and employers. This is in line with Social Work Reform Board partnership principles.
The ASYE is not compulsory but it has been endorsed by the Social Work Reform Board (SWRB) as the successor to the newly qualified social worker programmes offered by CWDC and Skills for Care. In future employers are likely to see ASYE success as evidence of a new social worker’s ability to apply their learning in employment.
For most full-time employees it will take 12 months to complete the ASYE.
The 12-month timescale for completion is an indication of the time it will normally take an NQSW to complete their ASYE. At the start of the ASYE the employer and NQSW will complete a learning agreement which should take account of the NQSW’s normal pattern of work and adjust the timescales accordingly. Employers may also agree to defer the assessment of NQSWs in cases such as maternity leave or long-term sickness.
No, an employer should decide on the sufficiency of evidence NQSWs present for the ASYE assessment, including any statements from previous employment about how the NQSW has progressed and the standard achieved.
No. The SWRB is clear that the ASYE is a year of development and not just assessment. It believes all qualified social workers, whatever their background, should be offered a single ASYE programme completed in 12 months. Employers will determine the pace at which NQSWs complete the ASYE programme, though for most full-time employees it will take 12 months.
No. Social work degree students will be able to register as social workers following successful completion of a recognised social work degree - as is currently the case.
The SWRB has decided there will be no direct link between registration, regulation and the ASYE. Social workers will not be required to complete the ASYE to register as a social worker. However, the learning undertaken during an ASYE can count towards a social worker’s CPD requirements.
Please contact Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for further information regarding registration.
Yes. The ASYE is for eligible social workers employed by an organisation based in England. Eligibility relates to having successfully completed a recognised social work degree no more than two years before the start of the ASYE, or for those outside that timescale that the employer is satisfied with the currency of the social worker’s knowledge and skills.
The HCPC offers advice for those with non-England social work qualifications who wish to check their equivalence for work in England.
No - the induction standards are for those working in social care. The requirements of the ASYE more than cover the induction standards.
The key principle for assessment is that evidence is gathered from a range of work that is sufficient to demonstrate how the NQSW has met the nine Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) domains at the ASYE level. This can be achieved through submitting a range of evidence with pieces of direct practice supplying evidence which can meet requirements across a number of the domains, thus reducing burdens for both NQSW and employer.
Employers who contributed to the development of ASYE made recommendations about types of evidence for assessment. Typically, NQSWs might produce the following to show sufficient evidence of capability:
Employers and NQSWs may also wish to add or vary evidence to take account of setting and other local factors.
Professional supervision and assessment should be carried out by a qualified, registered social worker. Some NQSWs may be managed by staff who are not qualified and registered social workers, in those cases the learning agreement will need to clarify the professional and managerial roles in supervision and assessment.
The standards for the ASYE are in the Professional Capability Framework (PCF) and are available on the College of Social Work website which can be found in the associated resources section.
Newly qualified social workers must provide evidence of capability across all nine domains of the PCF at ASYE level and the minimum standard must be satisfied in each domain.
Information will be available to illustrate the level of achievement for the ASYE. This information will be produced in conjunction with The College of Social Work.
Employers are responsible and accountable for assessment decisions and the outcomes. They also need to make arrangements for resolving appeals and complaints. Information is available on the Skills for Care website to support employers in making decisions.
Further information will be developed with The College of Social Work to:
This information can be found on the Skills for Care website. It covers the advantages of working across and between organisations. Such working together will assist small organisations without the capacity to conduct development and assessment independently.
Outcomes should be recorded by employers and notified to The College of Social Work, which is planning to hold a national record. The College will also issue a certificate to those who have successfully completed the ASYE.
Employers are responsible and accountable for assessment decisions and their outcomes and will also need to make arrangements for resolving appeals and complaints. They may wish to review their existing procedures.
The ongoing review of an NQSW’s development should enable employers to spot concerns at an early stage and to take appropriate action. In the case of an NQSW failing the ASYE, employers will need to consider appropriate options on a case-by-case basis.
The Health and Care Professions Council is the body regulating the work of social workers. More information about the Council and its complaints procedure can be found by following the link to their website on this page.
The Government has announced funding of £2000 for each newly qualified social worker for the ASYE programme in 2012/13. This funding will assist employers of newly qualified social workers to:
Any NQSW employer who undertakes the ASYE is entitled to apply for this funding which is available through Skills for Care for adults’ services, and the Department for Education, for children and families services.
The organisation that carries out the employer role of support and assessment for an NQSW on the ASYE programme should register the social worker for funding.
Details of a £2,000 learning and development boost for social workers.
The Board's membership is drawn from organisations interested in social work.