Adult social care training and development

Newly qualified social workers

All newly qualified social workers joining Kent are part of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme.

This means that during your first year of practice:

  • you will have weekly supervision for the first 6 weeks, fortnightly supervision for the next 20 weeks and then supervision every 4 weeks after that
  • you will have a job plan which ensures you have sufficient development time and a reduced caseload during your first year
  • you will have access to 12 themed development sessions delivered by our dedicated practice educator team
  • you will produce an online portfolio with the support of your ASYE supervisor or assessor
  • your assessment will be matched against the capabilities of the newly qualified social worker level of the refreshed Professional Capabilities Framework and the Chief Social Worker's Knowledge and Skills Statement for Social Workers in Adult Services.

Professional development and training

We are proud of the development opportunities we offer in Kent and we are committed to offering high quality continuous professional development for all our staff.

The Kent Academy for the Children’s and Adults Workforce is our dedicated platform where you will be thoroughly supported and encouraged to better your knowledge, skills and practice, no matter what role you hold within the service.

The academy is home to several faculties including Student, Professional Development and Research and offers easy access to training courses, development programmes, videos, resources, blogs and research material, including Research in Practice.

In addition to a comprehensive Strategic Training and Safeguarding framework we offer;

  • annual conferences and masterclass events with keynote speakers
  • a dedicated AMHP and Best Interest Assessor programme
  • an Annual Practice Educator qualification
  • a new practice framework development programme.

Our practice development teams offer practice related training, communities of practice and reflective workshops.

We actively encourage the use of apprenticeship training with a range of social care related apprenticeships available including the social work degree apprenticeship.

You will have professional responsibility to keep your knowledge and skills up to date in line with SWE CPD requirements, and to continually strive to be the best practitioner you can be.

Capability framework

We have developed a capability framework for registered workers based on the Professional Capabilities for Social Workers and College of Occupational Therapists' Post Qualifying Framework.

The aims of the framework are to:

  • support you to develop capability in your profession
  • enable you to progress in your career so that your expertise can be used in the best way possible for the people of Kent
  • ensure that you can remain registered (as a social worker, occupational therapist or nurse).

The capability framework will also set out how Kent County Council identifies and promotes talent through clearly articulated career pathways at all levels in the organisation.