Your career and personal development is a key priority and a range of opportunities are available.

Training and Development

A range of training opportunities are provided for Community Care Inform and access to the Research in Practice site, Research in Practice training courses, a Research Champions group and academic modules (Practice Educator Combined Award, Best Interest Assessor, Approved Mental Health Practitioner) E-learning is also available and modules include social media and safeguarding, childhood obesity, domestic abuse and recognising grooming.

The Practitioner Improvement Operational Group also identifies training aligned to specific needs in the service, for example play therapy (aimed at practitioners interested in using play therapy or developing their skills when working with children)

Step Up To Social Work Programme (SUTSW) – a fast-track programme for graduates including work experience in a local authority combined with high quality university training. Find out how to apply for Step Up to Social Work online.

Cheshire and Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership – Knowsley Council is part of this partnership which was introduced to help improve the overall quality of practice, learning, and continuing professional development (CPD) amongst trainee and practicing social workers.

Students within the partnership have a curriculum that is relevant and informed by social work practice, benefitting from practical statutory placements. Meanwhile, fully qualified social workers get access to many more CPD opportunities and have the opportunity to develop and share best practice via the partnership structure.

Supervisor and Management Training

Supervisor and management training courses including ILM Level 3 and Level 5 diploma in principles of leadership and management, an internally delivered aspiring manager programme, a coaching skills workshop, North West Employers Organisation core skills for manager programme and the Firstline programme – all helping first line managers to develop their leadership skills. In addition, a number of places are available on the Practice Supervisor Development Programme.

Giving social workers the skills and confidence to lead their teams and manage practitioner workloads and wellbeing.

Practice Educator induction sessions are arranged together with six-weekly support sessions and a bespoke practitioner handbook and tools too.

Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) Offer

Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) acknowledged nationally by Skills for Care. Our quality assured ASYE documents offer exemplars which are used in supporting newly qualified social workers on the ASYE programme and the newly designed Holistic Assessment Report Tool has also been nationally moderated by Skills for Care who commented it is an ‘excellent format for the holistic assessment, very clear and easy to read.’

Keeping you updated

Newsletters keep everyone up to date with any new approaches to learning and development, provide examples of staff achievements, celebrate successes, opportunities to attend progression panels, highlight course evaluation summaries and provide an update on any exciting developments that are due to take place.

In addition, a monthly Signs of Safety newsletter is shared with Children’s Social Care staff, keeping everyone updated on the implementation of this model.

Practice development sessions which focus on a range of issues including private fostering, missing from home, child sexual / criminal exploitation, fabricated illness and how to complete a pre-birth assessment.