Social Work Education in Adult Services

The Adult Social Care (Workforce Development) Team provides a service to current and potential Social Workers within Devon County Council and students on external Social Work training courses.

This includes:

  • Social Work Traineeship Scheme – supporting the development of those identified as potential social workers within the Council through qualifying training.
  • The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) Programme – supporting Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) in receiving consistent support in their first year of practice so they can become confident, competent and capable professionals.
  • Post Qualifying Awards – supporting qualified social workers in undertaking post qualifying training. This includes qualifications in adult social care, leadership and management as well as the specific professional



South West Peninsula BME Social Worker Group.

Are you a BME social worker?

There is now an on-going opportunity to discuss and share experiences for those social workers who identify as being from a Black or Minority Ethnic Group (BME).  This can include the opportunity to explore challenges and common issues which can be faced by BME social workers.  This is a regional Black & Minority Ethnic networking group for local authority social workers across the South West including Plymouth, Torbay, Cornwall and Devon.

Next meeting- 10-2pm, Friday 14th December 2018, Ballard House Room 2.4, 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.

Aims and Objectives of South West Peninsula BME Group.

Mission Statement   The South West Peninsula BME social worker group aims to raise awareness around the lived experiences and challenges that BME workers face.  The group works to inform professional development, provide support to BME workers and promote equality.

  1. Aims and Objectives          The group’s mission statement was reviewed before the group began discussions on setting the group’s aims and objectives.  New members felt that the agreed mission statement was too broad and suggested that this group should function as a steering group to guide BME policies in the workplace.  There were many different ideas and suggestions of what this BME group should be about, it was eventually agreed by the group that at today’s meeting, the focus should be based around setting the aims and objectives of the group of what we set out to achieve.

Aims and objectives were discussed in the following areas:


Educating other workers including managers on BME issues on recruitment and practice.  This includes acceptance of personal circumstances – travel, festive events, bereavement, cultural events etc.  Organisations should support BME workers to meets these needs.

Support :

Supervisions need to be culturally sensitive and person centred.  Managers should not to make assumptions.

How do we feedback to managers and policy makers?

         Raising awareness to managers / workforce on BME issues, how they should respond to issues raised and support BME workers to deal with challenges they face in the workforce

         Provision in supervision notes to add equality and diversity as a discussion topic

Agreed aims and objectives (draft):

  1. Raise awareness within the workforce
  2. Supervision expectations.  Supervision policy specific to BME workers
  3. Gaps in communication – accents being linked to competency
  4. Whose responsibility is it to raise issues around racism in the workplace
  5. Cultural competence of colleagues and managers – linking to supervision and support. If my team does not understand me, they can’t value and support me and this goes both ways. Life events.
  6. Expectations around attendance to this meeting. (A right)
  7. Unifying South West Equality and Diversity Policies and be able to meet individual needs consistently
  8. Understand each other and promoting unity in diversity.