A number of social workers have been honoured for their first year in the job.
Ten newly-qualified social workers, employed in Northumberland County Council’s children’s services, successfully completed their ASYE – Assessed and Supported Year in Employment.
The programme is designed to help newly qualified social workers to consolidate their degree learning by developing their skills and knowledge and strengthening their professional confidence in an employment environment.
It also means there is a national consistency to what a social worker should know and be able to do by the end of their first year in a job.
Coun Wayne Daley, cabinet member with responsibility for children’s services at the county council, said: “Northumberland Children’s Services has invested in a highly trained and professional workforce to support and protect some of the most vulnerable children in our county.
“Social care cases vary greatly in their complexity; some can be very demanding, with detailed investigations, legal work and challenging situations that would be unsuitable for someone to take on at the beginning of their ASYE.
“Our newly qualified social workers are well supported by experienced members of the team and have carefully selected caseloads so they are taking on cases appropriate to their experience.
“We value their work and have found that supporting them in their early professional development makes them far more confident in their decision-making.”