Social Care Workforce Development

Social Work Career Structure

The Career Structure for Social Workers, shown below, is intended for all qualified and Registered Social Workers employed by Devon County Council (DCC) as a Social Worker.

It is intended to provide clarity and structure around the career progression opportunities for qualified Social Work staff and the development opportunities afforded to them. It also reflects the national Taskforce Career Structure and is intended to help ensure both employees and DCC meet the Professional Body code of practice for employers.

The career structure document compliments, rather than replaces, the job descriptions for the social work roles in DCC and the new Job Descriptions can be found below.

Career Structure

Social Work Career Structure diagram

Social Work Career Structure Document image - PDF icon (102KB - pdf help)

Job Descriptions

Social Work Manager
Practice Manager - Generic across ACS/ CYPS (People) image - PDF icon (31KB - pdf help)

Advanced Professional
Advanced Professional (ACS) image - PDF icon (42KB - pdf help)
Advanced Professional (CYPS) image - PDF icon (40KB - pdf help)
Advanced Professional (EDT) image - PDF icon (62KB - pdf help)
Advanced Professional (Senior AMHP) image - PDF icon (31KB - pdf help)
Advanced Professional (Safeguarding Adults Officer) image - PDF icon (36KB - pdf help)

Senior Social Worker
Senior Social Worker (ACS) image - PDF icon (41KB - pdf help)
Senior Social Worker (CYPS) image - PDF icon (28KB - pdf help)
Senior Social Worker (AMHP) image - PDF icon (29KB - pdf help)
Senior Social Worker (Social Work Development Officer) image - PDF icon (38KB - pdf help)

Social Worker
Social Worker (ACS) image - PDF icon (39KB - pdf help)

Social Worker Competencies and Milestone Training Plans

Here are some documents relating to social work competencies which are available for people to consider. Any feedback on this would be much appreciated. They include a Milestone Learning and Development Plan which looks at what training a Social Worker could need at different points of their career.

Job-Specific Competency Framework – Advanced Professional image - PDF icon (91KB - pdf help)
Job-Specific Competency Framework – Senior Social Worker image - PDF icon (82KB - pdf help)
Children and Young People’s Senior Social Worker - Milestone Training Plan image - PDF icon (178KB - pdf help)
Children and Young People’s Senior Social Worker Skills and Knowledge Audit image - PDF icon (142KB - pdf help)

Frequently Asked Questions

AMHP Market Supplement - FAQs image - PDF icon (20KB - pdf help)
Social Work Career Structure Briefing Questions and Answers image - PDF icon (74KB - pdf help) - questions and answers that were captured at the 6 briefing sessions held in October 2010