New accreditation framework for child and family social workers
Employers’ Endorsement Guidance
A new accreditation framework is being introduced for child and family social workers in England. By April 2017, the process of Employer Endorsement should be largely embedded. By 2020, all organisations that employ child and family social workers in England will need to be confidently and consistently endorsing their social workers as having the appropriate knowledge and skills required to be confident, high quality Frontline Practitioners and Practice Supervisors
New guidance has been developed by DBC, and their partners SCIE and RiP, to support employers to:
The Department for Education published the knowledge and skills statements for child and family social work practice leaders and practice supervisors in November 2015. The statements will be used together with the previously-published knowledge and skills for approved child and family practitioners, to develop a national assessment and accreditation system for child and family social workers.
The first stage in the new process will be the endorsement by employers that their social workers have the appropriate knowledge and skills required to be confident, high quality Frontline Practitioners and Practice Supervisors.
As part of the project eight workshops and a webinar were held June / July 2016 to help workforce leads, Principal Social Workers, Managers and Practitioners to consider and start preparing for how employer endorsement might work in their organisations
DBC and DfE presented information at each workshop and webinar, and these are available to view or download below:
The full guidance along with additional information and evidence guides will be published by the DfE on the gov.uk website once finalised.
The Department for Education will be consulting on the wider accreditation system.