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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Guidance: Updated knowledge and skills statements for child and family social work

Written by The Editorial Team

The knowledge and skills statements are the foundation for the introduction of a post-qualification specialist career pathway for child and family social workers. They’re important for:

  •     child and family social work education
  •     recruitment
  •     career development
  •     performance appraisal

These statements will form the basis of the national assessment and accreditation system (NAAS) for child and family social workers.

They’re for:

  •     frontline practitioners (staff)
  •     practice supervisors
  •     practice leaders

Practice supervisors are qualified social workers responsible for:

  •     supervising approved child and family social workers
  •     developing the skills of teams and individuals involved in child and family social work services

Practice leaders are qualified social workers responsible for:

  •     making sure the whole local system for child and family social work practice operates correctly
  •     overseeing child and family frontline practitioners and practice supervisors

For frontline practitioners and practice supervisors, these statements have been determined as the post-qualifying improvement standards as set out under Section 42 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017, which means a professional standard, the attainment of which demonstrates particular expertise or specialisation.

Download the guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/knowledge-and-skills-statements-for-child-and-family-social-work