You have now successfully graduated as a newly qualified Social Worker – what next?
All registered social workers are required to develop and maintain their knowledge and skills to practise competently and safely. This begins with the Assessed Year in Employment (AYE) followed by Professional in Practice – a framework through which social workers can undertake professional Awards and achieve professional Requirements for a broad range of learning and development which can be gained through taught or self-directed study.
How does AYE support Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs)?
The AYE is designed to ensure that newly qualified social workers have made the transition from student to employee and have demonstrated sustained, continuous and effective competence in the workplace.
As a newly qualified social worker you will receive extra support to develop your skills, knowledge and competence through the ‘Assessed Year in Employment’. This ensures you have made the transition from student to employee and are competent to practise in the workplace.
How do I register as a newly qualified social worker?
Once your results have been confirmed by your university to the Social Care Council and you have passed, you will receive an email from the Social Care Council with a link so that you can apply to register as a newly qualified social worker (NQSW). No action is required by you until you receive this communication from the Social Care Council. If you have a question about your results before this please contact your course provider.
I have been called for AYE Audit – What does this mean?
As the regulator for setting and maintaining standards, the Social Care Council is required to perform an annual audit of registrants completing the Assessed Year in Employment (AYE). Your Assessed Year in Employment (AYE) will either be almost complete or completed when you are called for audit. You will need to complete and submit an Audit Submission Form.
More Information and Guidance
Click on the tiles below to access the AYE digital guide to learn more about what to expect during the AYE and the AYE audit and PiP to learn about Professional in Practice Framework including Two Mandatory Requirements.
See Associated Resources for quick access to key guidance documents and forms including: AYE Guidance for NQSWs, Summary of Learning, AYE Form 1 Certificate of Completion, AYE Forms 2-6 and AYE Audit Submission Form.