The Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) programme closed on 31 March 2013 and has been superseded by the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme.
The NQSW programme was available to all statutory and voluntary and community sector (VCS) employers within England. During its lifetime, over 97 per cent of local authorities and 17 VCS organisations engaged with the programme in supporting over 7,000 social workers.
NQSW was established in 2008 as an enhanced 12-month package of support for social workers working with children and families in their first year of practice and was delivered through employers. Organisations used it to give their newly qualified social workers a firm foundation for a long-term career within social work.
The NQSW programme structure featured 11 outcome statements, which described what social workers should know, understand and be able to do by the end of their first year in practice. Drawing on the social worker’s daily activities, NQSWs were expected to evidence their progress against these outcome statements by meeting a number of evidence requirements.
The department published an evaluation of the NQSW programme in January 2013.
The NQSW programme closed to new registrations in March 2012 and funding ceased in March 2013, From September 2012, employers and NQSWs have been able to benefit from a funded single Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme covering both the children and families and adults’ sectors. The department administers the ASYE programme for the children and families sector.
Newly Qualified Social Worker Team
Answers to common questions about the Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) programme.
Information about the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) which replaced the Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) programme.