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Newly Qualified Social Worker & Early Professional Development programmes

Supporting social workers at the very start of their careers.

Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) programme

The NQSW programme is a 12 month support package for NQSWs. It is designed to make sure that they have access to the best possible development opportunities, so that they can broaden the skills and knowledge gained through their initial training and gives them a firm foundation for future career development.

Find out more about the NQSW programme.

Early Professional Development (EPD) programme

The EPD programme is for social workers who are entering years two and three of employment. It recognises that a social worker's learning and development cannot end with initial qualification or with the successful completion of an induction year. It builds on the NQSW programme by providing a framework that helps social workers to operate with greater confidence and autonomy as they move into their second and third years in employment and deal with increasingly complex workloads. 

Find out more about the EPD programme.

If you have any questions please email or phone 0113 390 7648.

Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)

The Reform Board has recommended that the ASYE should succeed the existing NQSW programmes from September 2012. The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) will be the first stage of continuing professional development for registered social workers. The framework for ASYE will be fully embedded in the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and will apply equally to social workers in both children's and adults' services.

Find out more about ASYE.

Page updated: 21 December 2011

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