Adult development activities

Find out about adult development activites that are available to social workers offering training, guidance and support.

LeaRNS a web-based national information system

LeaRNS is a web based system, funded by the Department of Health (DoH) and developed by Skills for Care to support the professional development of social workers at pre and post-qualifying levels. It helps to coordinates information about practice placements for social work students and tracks post qualifying training done by social workers.

Employers who are funded for the NQSW framework in adult social work can track progression of their NQSW's through the framework.

LeaRNS - on the Skills for Care website

Training and support for front line adult social work managers

A joint project developed between Skills for Care and the National Skills Academy for Social Care, to test the development of leadership for social work managers in the context of broader social care leadership development.

The first management programme and development will occur between October 2010 and March 2011.

Training and support for front line social work managers (July 2010) - on the Skills for Care website

Newly qualified social workers (NQSW's)

A new resource has been developed by Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in partnership with Skills for Care to support NQSWs in adult services in their first year in practice.

Designed around the 12 outcome statements of the NQSW framework in adult services, the resource has been created to support learning and reflective development that will help NQSWs build a solid foundation to practice with confidence.

Newly qualified social worker resource - on the SCIE website

Skills for Care are working through the Social Work Reform Board, in partnership with CWDC to develop the Assessed Year in Employment (AYE) as set out in the implementation plan 'Building a Safe and Confident Future'.

In view of this, being part of the NQSW scheme in adult services will make you well placed to meet any future requirements of an assessed year in practice, and also will be contributing to the development of best practice in this area of work.

To apply for available funding, please contact:

NQSW team

Practice placements

Practice placements are at the heart of the degree in social work. Students currently must spend a minimum of 200 days of their training over a number of separate periods in work settings where they are assessed on their performance. The quality of these placements is critical and to drive this forward Skills for Care are supporting employers and HEI with the use of a Quality Assurance framework for Practice Learning.

Arising from a revised definition of statutory practice placements from work undertaken by the Social Work Development Partnership, work has been undertaken to consider the implications for employers and also to explore practice placements in other settings.

Proposed revised definition of statutory practice learning: impact on employers report (pdf) - on the Skills for Care website

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI)

CfWI is now responsible for the production of quality intelligence to inform better workforce planning and development across health and social care via a web portal. Skills for Care and its national minimum data set are one example of the resources CfWI will draw upon.

CfWI website

13 February 2013

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