In February this year the Department of Health published Professor Croisdale-Appleby’s review of the education of social workers with adults. The report recommended a national and consistent process for assessing social workers. It also recommended that there should be standard assessment criteria at the end of the assessed supported year in employment and that there should also be an independent validation of the assessment framework. Sir Martin Narey (in his review of social work education for children and families) made the point that there are a number of standards for social work education but none of them (in his view) set out a clear statement of the knowledge and skills that a social worker needed to become an effective practitioner. Following these two reviews, the Chief Social Workers were asked to produce a Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) for all newly qualified social workers at the end of the first year in employment, building on the generic social work qualification.
This consultation is therefore asking for views on what social workers who work with adults need to know and be able to do at the end of their first year in practice. The consultation includes a draft statement which has been put together by the Chief Social Worker for Adults and wants to know if the reader thinks the statement will help inform national minimum assessment criteria for social workers in adult services.
The consultation closes on Friday 12th December 2014.