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Cafcass launches NQSW programme

A three-year course for newly qualified social workers has been launched by Cafcass and is now open for applications.

Overseen by the Cafcass Social Work Academy, the programme enables NQSWs to develop their practice in a safe environment. Led by expert social workers, the course supports NQSW’s in their journey, enhance their expertise and ensure that they can work with confidence.

Participants have access to a mentor plus high levels of reflective supervision. Over the course of a structured three-year programme, NQSW develop professional maturity, gain hands-on experience, and achieve a respected qualification.

Sarah Parsons, Assistant Director for National Improvement Service and Principal Social Worker said: “Our focus is always on the best outcomes for children, who will be depending on us to secure the right result at a crucial time. Determination and resilience are essential, along with a gift for empathy, communication and analysis for the child. Training can be challenging, but participants will finish with a fantastic grounding for their future career.”

Cafcass is the largest employer of social workers in the country and hopes to recruit at least 15 people, with opportunities right across England.

At the end of the programme, social workers will be in an excellent position to either grow and develop your professional skills either by remaining with Cafcass and becoming a Family Court Adviser or perhaps in another social work setting.

In order to be eligible for the programme, applicants will need:

- A degree in Social Work (or Social Work England recognised equivalent) at 2:1 or above, either gained in 2020 or 2021.

- To not have previously commenced another ASYE programme or have been in a social work role since qualifying.

- To be able to register with Social Work England and able to commence your employment with Cafcass from September 2021 onwards.

Applications should be made before 9 May.



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