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The success of a newly qualified social worker’s first year relies on the retention of experienced staff to work with them

on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 14:14
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The success of a newly qualified social worker’s first year relies on the retention of experienced staff to work with them

Employers must be careful to maintain the right balance between newly qualified and experienced employees, says social worker Nikki Burton

Support for newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) in England has significantly improve over the last two years, thanks largely to work by the Social Work Task Force and The College of Social Work, and the development of the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE). This has seen an increase in NQSW employment, particularly in the public sector, where ASYE programmes are more easily accessed.

For some local authorities, this can mean a higher