Are you a Newly Qualified Social Worker? Are you ready to start your career in Adult Social Services? 

Norfolk County Council offers an enhanced programme of support and learning throughout your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). This helps to prepare you for the challenging yet rewarding world of social work.

Find out from Phoebe what it’s like to be a Newly Qualified Social Worker in Adult Services for Norfolk County Council.

How does the Assessed & Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) work at Norfolk County Council?

To be eligible for the Newly Qualified Social Worker programme you must:

  • Be nearing successful completion or have already qualified as a social worker.
  • Have, or be applying for, your Social Work England (SWE) registration. (It is recognised you may not have this at interview if you are still finishing your course – but it must be in place before becoming a Level 1 social worker).
  • Qualifying students may be able to start as an assistant practitioner while you are waiting for your degree and SWE registration to be confirmed.

Take full advantage of an enhanced level support as you start out:

To support you in the start of your career as a social worker at Norfolk County Council we offer the following enhanced level of support alongside the standard national ASYE programme through our Norfolk Institute for Practice Excellence (NIPE) scheme.

Benefit from:

  • A protected caseload that builds gradually over the year in terms of case numbers and complexity, so that you gain a good foundation and range of skills.
  • A dedicated Practice Consultant, who is an experienced social worker, to support you with reflective supervision and tailored 1-1 support throughout your first year of practice.
  • Regular peer workshops, giving you the opportunity to meet with others on the Assessed and Supported Year ASYE, to reflect on practice, develop knowledge and learn from each other.
  • Dedicated training throughout your ASYE, as well as the benefits of our Teaching Partnership with the University of East Anglia (UEA). You can study for fully funded modules towards an MA level qualification in Advanced Social Work.
  • The chance to learn from the more experienced social workers in your team through reflective sessions and co-working on more complex cases.

Join us. 

We have a proven track record of investment in newly qualified social workers. We will help you to become the best social worker that you can be.

It goes without saying that we’ll expect a lot from you, but in return you can also expect a lot from us. Many NQSWs who participated in our ASYE programme are now Practice Consultants and Managers.

Don’t just take our word for it. We asked Sarah, who completed her ASYE at Norfolk County Council in 2021, what she enjoyed most about the programme:

For me, it was seeing my practice develop over time and being given the time to develop. I was encouraged appropriately, pushed as needed and supported throughout if doubts arose. I also enjoyed the regular supervisions with my ASYE assessor, as these enabled deeper reflections and introduced me to aspects of the profession I had not experienced before.’

We would love to hear from you. For further information please contact Harriet Robb (Resourcing Adviser) at harriet.robb@norfolk.gov.uk or Caroline Bowman (Team Manager) at caroline.bowman@norfolk.gov.uk