Plymouth’s newly qualified social workers celebrated

Newly qualified social workers are presented with their certificates by Lord Mayor Councillor Wendy Foster.

The latest group of newly qualified children’s social workers have been presented with certificates of completion by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Wendy Foster, at a special ceremony.

The certificates mark the successful completion of the social workers’ assessed and supported first year in practice. 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 once a year.

Gina Charnley is one of the newly qualified social workers who will be receiving her certificate. She said: “I have really enjoyed the ASYE at Plymouth, there is a strong emphasis on training and supervision and this provides a strong base from which to establish your practice. Crucially, I have felt supported throughout the year which has enabled me to grow in confidence as a Social Worker. There are further learning opportunities past the ASYE which I am looking forward to taking part in to enhance my skills further.”

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 successful social workers.”

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 Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “Our newly qualified social workers have worked extremely hard over the last 12 months and this award ceremony shows just how much we value our workforce. 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 newly qualified social workers at the reception hosted at Elliot Terrace.