Social Work division holds partnership event with Manchester Met

students in social work Hot topics discussed amongst Social Work (BSc) students, library photo

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:58:00 BST

The University of Huddersfield and local authority partners were one of the first partnerships in the country to pilot the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE), based on a successful application to the then Children’s Workforce Development Council and Skills for Care.

This involved newly qualified staff engaging with an academic module developed from the recommendations of the Task Force Reform Board (2009) and the Eileen Munro Report (2011) whilst being supported and robustly assessed within practice. Briefing sessions for newly qualified staff and their managers have been held regularly over the last couple of years so that roles, responsibilities and requirements can be understood and debated. Quality Assurance processes have also been implemented.

The model employed has been thoroughly evaluated and such is the positive feedback that the Regional Association of Social Services Directors held it as an example of good practice and recommended it as a model they would like to see adopted by the region.

The partnership has been invited to speak at regional events and offer workshops highlighting the development of the ASYE partnership and to promote how HEI’s and local authorities can work together to support the probationary year of social workers.

The latest venture was across the Pennines to deliver such a workshop for local authorities in Greater Manchester alongside Manchester Metropolitan University. The interest in such a programme was great and University of Huddersfield academics are being invited to act as consultants to aid the settling up of similar partnerships there.

We continue to learn from the experience of our students who are regularly consulted about their experience and whose contribution to the shaping of the programme has been immense. It remains an absolute pleasure and privilege to work with them and see them through a challenging transition.

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