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Putting people and families at the heart of everything we do

Staff development

Our staff are our most important resource. 

We believe that continuous learning is essential to the improvement and progress of services. 

We will invest in you to make sure you have the right skills and experience to provide a high quality service to the people of Gateshead. We also expect a high quality of social work practice in return. To help you achieve this, we have created clear practice standards covering our core social work activities.

"In our team, we offer the opportunities to progress a specialism or develop in particular areas such as Adult Mental Health Professional (AMHP) , family/parenting support and assessment, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Trafficking and Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children's health (UASC)." - Social Work Practitioner

Our professional standards

Keeping children safe and giving them a voice 

Our job in children's services is to make sure we protect children from harm and promote their wellbeing. They must feel as safe and secure as possible in their lives. We need to ensure that we have the basics in place right now to keep children safe in Gateshead. 

We also need to ensure that children understand

  • what we are worried about
  • what's working well
  • next steps
  • we will listen to what they are saying 

Management support to make this happen: our commitment to you

  • we will be clear in what we expect of you
  • regular supervision to a minimum of every 4 weeks and in line with Gateshead's Supervision Policy
  • comprehensive learning and development plan
  • regular appraisals
  • monthly team meetings including group supervision

"I am so proud of my team, they work so hard and are committed to the children and young people. One of my previous Newly Qualified has just gained a promotion to Assistant Team Manager, it is great to see the workers progress" - Senior Practice Supervisor (Team Manager)

Practice standards for social workers 

All social workers should be compliant with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) Codes of Conduct and able to evidence the Knowledge and Skills Statements in their practice, as directed by the Department for Education (DfE). 

HCPC standards: 

  • standards of conduct, performance and ethics
  • standards of proficiency
  • standards of continuing professional development

Social work progression route

Our social work progression route handbook outlines what we expect of you, and how we will support you in achieving and demonstrating work-based learning which is required to progress professionally.

Assessed and Supported Year in Employment

We will give you extra support during your first year of working with us through our assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) programme. The programme will develop your skills, knowledge and professional confidence.

"Managers are always on hand to provide support and oversight when you are attempting to manage complexities within cases and this available to you even when your assigned team manager is not around". - Social Work Practitioner

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