Social workers celebrate first year in their new roles

A number of social workers have been honoured for their first year in the job.

Monday, 29th January 2018, 12:39 pm
Some of the social workers who have successfully completed their AYSE (Assessed and Supported Year in Employment).

Ten newly-qualified social workers, employed in Northumberland County Council’s children’s services, have successfully completed their AYSE – Assessed and Support Year in Employment.

The ASYE programme is designed to help newly qualified social workers to consolidate their degree learning by developing their skills and knowledge and strengthening their professional confidence in an employment environment.

It also means there is a national consistency to what a social worker should know and be able to do by the end of their first year in employment.

Coun Wayne Daley, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and cabinet member with responsibility for children’s services, said: “Northumberland Children’s Services has invested in a highly trained and professional workforce to support and protect some of the most vulnerable children in our community.

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“It’s great to see our social workers reaching this milestone in their new careers.”

He added: “Social care cases vary greatly in their complexity; some can be very demanding, with detailed investigations, legal work and challenging situations that would be unsuitable for someone to take on at the beginning of their ASYE.”

“Our newly qualified social workers are well supported by experienced members of the team and have carefully selected caseloads so they are taking on cases appropriate to their experience.

“We value their work and have found that supporting them in their early professional development makes them far more confident in their decision making and much more able to cope with the frontline challenges ahead.”

Cath McEvoy, executive director of children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: “In subsequent months of training it is vital for newly qualified social workers to have the opportunity to expand their knowledge base and experience by co-working cases with more experienced social workers.

“The ASYE Programme provides a forum to ‘test’ newly qualified social workers ability and resilience to manage complexity in a safe environment.”