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.
  • Practice Learning – arranging and overseeing the provision of placements for social work students undertaking their qualifying training, as well as ensuring the appropriate assessment of those students. This also includes the preparation and training of those who directly supervise social work students whilst on placement.
  • 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 qualifications for Best Interest Assessors (BIA) for Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs)


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.

If you would like to attend and contribute your thinking or explore this opportunity, it has been agreed that the Service will release you from work to attend. If your work commitments such as court attendance or leave commitments do not permit, please let Tom Taylor know your views on attendance and if there are further meetings we will ensure you receive the date.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing

Next meeting- Friday 1st December 10-3pm Room Exe at Larkbeare House Exeter

Link to Larkbeare – Directions

Tea and coffee will be provided.

For further information please contact Tom or the meeting room organiser: Lorraine Williams

Aims and Objectives of South West Peninsula BME Group.

1)         To create a safe and supportive environment for BME SW’s to come together to share their experiences.

2)         A forum for professional development.

3)         Advocacy for BME issues in SW in region.

4)         A role for the group in training and education with locality SW degree courses.

5)         Link in with local university BME groups.

6)         Research and sharing of national initiatives.

7)         A reflective group to look at issues BME SU’s/SW’s might face.

8)         To meet every three months with venue rotated