Social Work Academy

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In Somerset we understand that working alongside families who are sometimes facing difficult and demanding situations is not an easy option for any professional. We appreciate that getting involved in the lives of children and their families can be challenging and complex work and requires high levels of emotional intelligence and resilience.

Somerset recognises that the quality of social work practice depends on the quality of the workforce, which is why we are making a commitment to develop the skills of our staff. Our Academy will provide you with a high level of quality support which will include an induction programme for all new starters, clear continued professional development (CPD), professional leadership and a firm commitment to regular supervision. We understand that good quality supervision (for even the most experienced social worker) that addresses both organisational and professional requirements really makes a difference. All the staff at the Academy work towards a culture of learning, innovation and support.

Our qualifications will signpost staff to an extensive and well-resourced continued professional development programme including access to a range of qualifications delivered through our Universities in the South West. Also available are opportunities to develop leadership and management. Our learning and development programme is cross referenced to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and the Chief Social Worker’s knowledge and skills for child and family social work and supports social worker registration with HCPC.

Included in this suite of qualifications for Newly Qualified Social Workers, is a highly recognised and comprehensive Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme.

Being part of our Academy will also give you exclusive access to corporate membership of CC Inform, the web based resource, and to Research in Practice (RIP).

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