A comprehensive Induction to Children’s Social Care is offered to all new staff including experienced Social Workers, Team Managers and Service Managers.
In addition a Team Manager has been appointed with a specific remit of supporting social workers on the ASYE programme and facilitating networking sessions to respond to identified needs.
Progression Year 2 Programme – leading to Grade 9
This programme is available to all social workers on completion of ASYE and is also relevant to more experienced workers joining Cheshire East who have not yet ‘progressed’. The programme offers access to further learning and development activities including a University taught module and involves completion of a portfolio to demonstrate readiness for progression to grade 9.
The opportunity to achieve progression from a grade 9 to grade 10 social worker is linked to achievement of a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Social Work Practice (or PQ Specialist Social Work Award/PQ Child Care Award/BAAF Award under the previous PQ Frameworks) and Practice Educator status, alongside demonstrable practice competence at an enhanced (grade 10) level.
Eligibility to undertake the PG Diploma is informed by the Performance Development Review process and all social workers are encouraged to aspire to this level of practice.
Management Development opportunities
An Aspiring Team Managers Programme has been developed for experienced social workers considering their first steps into management.
Team Managers and Service Managers are able to access Level 5 ILM Management qualifications as well as CPD relevant to their role and responsibilities.