Award ceremony to celebrate newly qualified social workers

The latest group of six newly qualified social workers from Plymouth City Council Children’s Services, have been presented with their certificates of successful completion by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr John Mahony, at a special ceremony.

Newly Qualified Social Workers have made a significant contribution to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in the city.  Plymouth City Council has run a successful Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) Programme for a number of years and the Council recognises the achievement as significant through award ceremonies held twice a year.

Nick Walker is one of the newly qualified social workers who will be receiving his certificate. He said:  “I am pleased to have completed my ASYE, It has been a challenging year with highs and lows where it has been more about the journey than the destination. Through reflecting on where I was and where I am now I feel I have developed and grown throughout the ASYE and being a newly qualified social worker to a more resilient, skilled and competent practitioner.  My completion of the ASYE has also been made possible by the support, guidance and quality reflective supervision from my manager.”


Alison Botham, Assistant Director for Children, Young People and Families said: “Having a skilled and motivated workforce, committed to lifelong learning, is essential to ensure the delivery of high quality services to children, young people and families in the City. Passing the ASYE year allows both the service and the public to have confidence in the quality of the professionals working in children’s social work in Plymouth. We are proud to be able to present these certificates of recognition to our latest successes.”

Passing the ASYE year recognises that practitioners have met the required national level of capability for social work practice, having undertaken a programme of development and assessment of their knowledge and skills as qualified practitioners.

Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health said: “This award ceremony shows just how valued our workforce is, as without such hard work and dedication; we would not be able to provide the level of service to our children and young people. I’d like to congratulate all our newly qualified social workers and hope they enjoy their time with Plymouth City Council.”