First group of students pass NAAS pilot in Plymouth

More than 20 Plymouth social workers have now completed the National Assessment and Accreditation (NAAS) Verification of Practice Skill.

This has earned them formal accreditation from the Department for Education as either an Approved Child and Family Practitioner, or an Approved Child and Family Practice Supervisor.

The NAAS provides a benchmark of good practice against the statutory professional development framework for social workers. It is intended to raise the professional status of social workers and ensure they have the right knowledge and skills to practise effectively.

The first group of social workers and managers to pass their NAAS in Plymouth were presented with certificates of completion by Director of Children’s Services Alison Botham. Alison said: “By being involved in the accreditation system we are able to strengthen our career development opportunities which will enable us to recruit and retain great social workers, which is what our children and young people need and deserve.”

Pictured are some of the social workers who have completed the NAAS with Councillor Jemima Laing Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Jean Kelly Service Director for Children, Young People and Families.

Plymouth is one of 56 Local Authority children’s services across England who are supporting the DFE to further develop the NAAS system prior to the national roll out in 2020.

Councillor Jemima Laing Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “I’m incredibly proud of all our social workers. Looking after vulnerable children and young people in the city is one of the most important jobs we do and without such hard work and dedication, we would not be able to provide the level of support we do in Plymouth.”


The National Assessment and Accreditation System is a key part of Plymouth’s Academy of Social Work’s drive to strengthen the skills and professional status of child and family social workers so they can provide vital support to children who need it. The Academy of Social Work has a number of core aspirations, including:

  • To put social work education and personal development at the heart of achieving positive change for children and families.
  • To be a centre of excellence for social work education, practice and continuing professional development, both locally and nationally.
  • To participate in nationally significant initiatives to improve understanding of and standards of social work practice.

Find out more about the Academy of Social Work here.