Newly-Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) scheme for social work in adult services

The Department of Health is working with Skills for Care, General Social Care Council (GSCC) and SCIE to develop a Newly-Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) scheme for social work in adult services. A similar framework is being introduced for NQSWs in children’s services.

As part of this work, SCIE has been asked to draft for comment a set of Outcome Statements for social workers with adults, their families, carers and communities. The Statements seek to capture the core elements of social work practice in adults’ services, so as to enable a NQSW to demonstrate after an initial year in employment that they are a competent social worker. See below for an explanatory letter and questionnaire for responses, the headline definitions for the 12 proposed outcome statements, and an exemplar to show the kind of detail to be included in each statement.

SCIE would particularly like to receive comments from social workers in their first year of practice after qualifying, from social work degree students, and from practice teachers and supervisors of social workers.

Please return your comments to swd@skillsforcare.org.uk by the end of March if possible. Alternatively, you can post you response to:

Don Brand, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Goldings House, 2 Hay's Lane,  LONDON SE1 2HB.

Thank you for your contribution, which will be taken into account in developing the full versions of the remaining Outcome Statements.