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January 2019


As part of Devon County Council children’s social work’s workforce development strategy, and in recognition of the need for succession planning in our service, we are delighted to offer this opportunity for staff who do not hold a social work qualification in children’s social care on permanent contracts to enable them to access the entry qualifications for a social work degree. K101 Information. K101 Application

Step Up to Social Work

The next Cohort for Step-Up will open on the 4th February 2019. This Post Graduate Diploma course is run and funded by the Department for Education. It is a very intense, full-time course that provides students with a Social Work Qualification on completion. To qualify you will need to have an existing Undergraduate degree in a related subject at 2:1 or above and have experience in working with people. The applications window is from 4/2/19 – 18/3/2019. Potential candidates can find information about the course, the entry requirements and application process here:

Step-up Program

Awareness Months, Weeks and Days

This month children of primary school age will be undertaking the National Big Bird Watch, noting the local birds in their community and gardens.

The week commencing 26th January is National Story Telling Week. National Story Telling Week

We have Blue Monday in the 21st of January, alleged to be the ‘most depressing day of the year’ along with National Hug day, well teamed up there. On the 25th there is Young Carer Awareness Day recognising the experiences of children who care for others; information here Young Carers Awareness information

Interfaith dates – calendar of events and festivals available here Interfaith Calendar

There are a variety of Christian celebrations in January from different denominations, World Religion Day on the 20th and Buddhist New Year on 21st January

ASYE Program – cohort 23

January sees the start of ASYE cohort 23 which includes a large group of our recent OU Ba Graduates. We are really proud of their journey through this intense Ba Undergraduate program. They have studied whilst at the same time continuing to work in positions across children’s Services for the last 3 years and now start a new challenge, that of becoming a Newly Qualified Social Worker. Good Luck to you all.

Their Induction program can be found here ASYE Cohort 23 Induction information.

Social Work Practice Education

In October and again in November the 2 day workshop course, Introduction to Practice Learning (IPL) was delivered to Social Workers interested in supporting students as a Placement Supervisor. Many are now meeting their students for the induction part of their placement. The IPL workshops form the first level of the new Practice Education Pathway. We are running this 2 day course again in February for people interested in supporting Social Work Students on placement. If you are interested please discuss with your manager and then apply with their support here;

For further details of supporting students follow this link Practice Education Pathway.

Practice Educator program; 

Our 11 experienced Social Workers who started the Graduate Certificate in Practice Education (GCPE) have now completed the 3 days taught learning of their first module and are (hopefully) completing their essays. In February they are due to commence the second of the of 2 modules that makes up the Practice Educator Award; ‘Supporting Learners in Practice’. They have been a vibrant and thoughtful group who will be taking a Practice Educator role with a student in the next 6 months.

Call for your thoughts! – The Practice Educator Professional Standards are being reviewed by BASW. Two live events (webinars) have taken place on the 13th and 27th November. We are waiting for the results of the consultation and draft of the refreshed PEPS . Information here BASW’s PEP’s Link

Children’s Social Work BAME group;

BAME GROUP within the Social work Academy is in its early stages of development. Meetings take place every 3 months in different locations across the county to enable and encourage maximum involvement.

The Aims and Objectives of the group;
• To create a safe and supportive environment by means of having a confidential group supervision time to share their experiences.
• Advocacy for any BME issues in particular with DCC.
• A reflective group to look at issues BME SU’s/SW’s might face.
• To invite speakers/parties of interest to the group which are approached by all members to attend.
• To meet every three months with venue decided by the group.

Further information please contact Penn on


Next Meeting 21st February 2019 from 11- 4pm:

This meeting is at Taw View in Barnstaple

South West Group will meet;

Next meeting- Friday 8th of March 2019 10 -3:30pm in Plymouth; Ballard House, Room 1C, West Hoe Road, Plymouth PL1 3BJ.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing

There is very limited free parking spaces, so please be prepared to pay to park. This will then later be refunded by your LA.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

For further information please contact Tom Taylor.


Childrens Social Work in the Media

There is lots of activity on Twitter this month including Social Work England who is working to launch in 2019 as the new regulator of the social work profession in England. The organisation will operate at an arm’s length from government in order to be adaptable to changing demands. Its principle roles will be:

• Developing and maintaining a regulation framework for social workers
• Setting professional and educational standards
• Promoting public confidence in the social work profession

Hemingway Design have been appointed to develop a visual identity to communicate the mission of Social Work England and convey its personality as an organisation. They have created a questionnaire to gather insight that will be used to inform the values and narrative behind the design.

Help shape the future of an organisation that will represent all social workers across the country. HERE:

Social Work England