In this section you will find the good practice examples identified by the child and family employer champions group between 2015 and 2017. They represent practice shared by employers during this period.
East Riding - ASYE timeline/checklist
A useful checklist that reminds all participants of their responsibilities and the actions that are required at significant points in the ASYE year. East Riding are using the Skills for Care paperwork modified by Merton for their programme, but the timeline could easily be modified to fit in with other ASYE processes.
Plymouth Unitary Council - Ensuring that all requirements of the KSS are met in the ASYE year
This example will be helpful to employers managing a large number of NQSW’s and assessors across a range of services. It's a simple electronic system that allows for tracking and speedy intervention by the ASYE lead if required. The outcome has been an improvement In the quality of the assessment and the process with a knock on effect on retention post ASYE.
Plymouth Unitary Council tracking system
Self-assessment audits are used to identify your NQSWs initial learning needs, but they can also be used at any stage of a social workers career to identify gaps in knowledge or skills in relation to the KSS. The learning needs can then be added to the professional development plan (PDP), which needs to be regularly reviewed and updated.
Audit Tool – Assessments and Care Plans – using the KSS
This tool can be used for the ASYE and at other social work levels to test the knowledge and skills statement, through the auditing of an assessment and accompanying care plan.
Plymouth assessment care plan checklist audit tool
Examples of how to introduce self-assessments
The following examples have been shared by employers of child and family social workers.
They have been reviewed by the champions group and feedback has been provided.
This is an example of a self-assessment which has been completed by the NQSW and links to the main statements from the knowledge and skills for child and family social work.
Feedback from the working group
It’s not clear whether their process includes verification by the assessor. It could be improved by identifying the learning needs and linking to the PDP.
A revised template has been produced following feedback from the working group.
This detailed self-assessment template, splits the requirements of the knowledge and skills for child and family social work into sub-statements.
The assessor must scale and verify the NQSW performance against each sub statement. This feedback can be shared during supervision.
The template requires learning needs to be linked to the PDP and is reviewed at three, six and nine months. Evidence of progress is required at the end of the year.
Feedback from the working group
This process is time consuming for the NQSW and the assessor. It could be seen as a second assessment running alongside the original PCF assessment.
This flexible template can be used at the start or during the ASYE to measure how well the NQSW can reflect on their impact.
It includes all aspects of the knowledge and skills for child and family social work and helps the NQSW to show an analytical approach to learning.
Feedback from the working group
This is an extensive piece of work as the assessor is required to mark and comment on each submission.
Linking the knowledge and skills for child and family social work to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF)
British Association of Social Workers (BASW) are responsible for reviewing the relationship between the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and other standards.
They will be agreeing how the PCF and other standards interact.
This table shows where the knowledge and skills statement overlaps with the requirements of the PCF.
As you will see the KSS does not include all of the PCF domains. Using both standards will ensure a holistic approach to assessment.
There are different interpretations of where the PCF domains align to the knowledge and skills.
Listed below are some examples which show other ways the two documents have been connected.
Warrington County Council - Mapping document
This example explains each KSS statements and shows where they link to the individual capability statements.
You could use this for reference or to identify gaps and learning needs of the NQSW. This can be used instead of assessment criteria.
Sheffield County Council – Initial assessment
This resource will help the assessor and the NQSW to evidence capability in self-assessment against the KSS.
It offers a range of CPD activities which will help to provide evidence and support development and can be used over a six week induction period.
Holistic assessment outcomes
The holistic assessment outcomes are included on pages 2-4 of the critical reflection log and record of support and progressive assessment.
They provide a holistic overview and schedule of key assessment outcomes, which have been mapped against the KSS and the PCF.
They can help to create a professional development plan (PDP) for the NQSW and structure evidence for the final assessment.
Essex County Council
Find out how Essex County Council have integrated the Knowledge and skills for child and family social work, the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and the HCPC Standards of Proficiency in assessment of the ASYE in a safeguarding context.
It explains how they helped the NQSW to understand what is expected for them during the ASYE and which skills they will need to demonstrate.
This case study will be helpful if you are concerned that the employment context of the ASYE won’t provide the direct evidence your NQSW will need to meet the Knowledge and skills for child and family social work.
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Moderating assessment decisions
Plymouth Unitary Council - External or peer moderation reviewer template
This resource could be used if you are using different models for the ASYE.
Plymouth Unitary Council and partners have set up an external moderation process for employers in child and family services. As everyone is using different models for the ASYE this template covers the essential evidence that you'd expect to be presented.
Feedback from the working group:
The template would be improved by including reference to arrangements for workload relief.
Cumbria County Council
Find out how Cumbria County Council has introduced an external moderation panel to ensure consistency and quality of ASYE pass/fail decisions.
It explains how this process has helped them to involve people in need of care and support in and strengthened their ASYE partnership arrangements across the statutory and private, voluntary and independent sectors.
This case study will be helpful if you at ways to improve the decision making process for the ASYE final assessment.
Combined ASYE internal moderation panel
Essex County Council
Find out how Essex County Council's internal moderation panel checks the ASYE assessment decisions for between 100-200 NQSWs each year.
It explains how the internal moderation panel meets approximately once a month and is made up of a range of experienced senior practitioners, team managers and service managers across all service areas. The case study shows that by having a flexible membership it can make the process less onerous for each individual.
This case study will be help for those who employ NQSWs completing the ASYE across adult and child and family services.
Evaluating the ASYE
These useful feedback forms were developed by Cumbria County Council to evaluate their ASYE programme.
In Cumbria the ASYE coordinator has individual conversations with each NQSW who has completed the ASYE.
Benefits to using these include evidence for senior managers of the impact of the ASYE programme. As well as an opportunity for the NQSW to review their development over the year.
ASYE feedback form
Assessor feedback form
ASYE and the impact on increased social worker retention
Plymouth Council Services for Children, Young People and Families
Find out how Plymouth Council have used the ASYE to increase retention of their social workers. The case study shows how a package of CPD, that starts with the ASYE is linked to a career framework. This can significantly improve the retention of social workers in child and family services. It explains how their ASYE process meets the national requirements for learning and development activities, protected caseloads and supervision.
This case study will be helpful if you are looking for more information about how the ASYE can be embedded within your organisation.
ACFP tools and templates
Incorporating the KSS's in the appraisal process for social workers and Practice Supervisors
ACFP Practice Supervisors
Job descriptions and person specifications linked to the KSS