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Newly-Qualified Social Workers

Newly-Qualified Social Workers
A Practice Guide to the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment

Third Edition
Edited by:

October 2016 | 248 pages | Learning Matters

The first year of practice can be a particularly daunting and challenging time for newly-qualified social workers (NQSWs). This fully revised and updated book directly addresses the crucial transition period between finishing off the social work degree and managing the first years of practice.  It offers down to earth, practical guidance on applying for your first post and managing your work load in the first few years. From useful sections on the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE), supervision, dealing with conflict, court skills, report writing, and team work to what professionalism actually looks like in practice, this book will throw a life belt to not only NQSWs entering the workplace but for students on qualifying programmes who wish to develop their skills beyond graduation.  

Steven Keen and Jonathan Parker
Please mind the gap
Steven Keen, Lynne Rutter, Keith Brown and Di Galpin with contributions from Angela (NQSW) and Jane (social worker)
CPD, critical reflection and the ASYE
Mary Keating
The social work ASYE
Lee-Ann Fenge with contributions from Mark Hutton (manager), Tom (NQSW) and Tom’s university tutors
Managing transitions
Ivan Gray with contributions from Mary (NQSW) and Karen (carer)
Managing induction, probation and supervision
Kate Howe with a contribution from Pru Caldwell-McGee (NQSW)
Managing the personal: from surviving to thriving in social work
Anne Quinney with contributions from George (carer), Liz Slinn (social worker), Marion Davis, CBE (a former Director of Children’s Services ) and Greg Hind (team leader)
Joining and contributing to a team
Ivan Gray, Jonathan Parker and Marion Macdonald with a contribution from Angela (person who uses services)
Contributing to service quality and development
Melanie Forsyth-Smith
Appendix 1 Writing towards ASYE – advice from an experienced lecturer
Jonathan Parker and Angela Parker with Emma Crawford
Appendix 2 Using written skills: translating your learning from university to practice in developing case recording
Clare Seymour
Appendix 3 Court skills
Chris Willetts
Appendix 4 Rights, justice and economic well-being
Chris Willetts
Appendix 5 Diversity
Jill Davey and Richard Williams
Appendix 6 Child protection for newly qualified social workers
Di Galpin and Lucy Morrison
Appendix 7 Safeguarding adults

This publication gives a fuller introduction to the ASYE, brings together some of the best current thinking about how we can support NQSWs and also offers practical support to new graduates coming into the social work profession, setting them on a course of continuing professional development that we trust will become an integral aspect of their career progression.

Dame Moira Gibb, Chair, Skills for Care

A distinguishing feature is the range of contributors, including service users, carers, managers, academics and NQSWs. Vignettes that include the voice of service users and carers are poignant, helping to link theory to practice, and serve as reminders of the importance of effective social work. The practice guide has been written in such a way that readers can dip into areas of interest as needed. It covers a broad range of areas, and readers are encouraged to follow further reading suggestions to gain a depth of understanding on specific topics.

Joanna Appleby, Doctoral candidate, University of Auckland

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Miss Sunnie Sian
Teacher Education & Prof Development, CWA Assessor
July 5, 2022

This book fills a gap in the market by being not ony a basic manual to get social workers through their first year of practice but by also being referenced to the ASYE framework should be of great help to workers completing a portfolio. The inights from service users are expecially valuable.

Mr Michael Marriott
Department of Health & Social Care, The Open University
August 12, 2016

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