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Autumn 2019

This months news:

Update on the transfer of regulation to Social Work England;

Social Work England becomes the new specialist regulator for social workers

On Monday 2 December Social Work England will take over from the Health and Care Professions Council as the new specialist regulator for the profession.

Social work is about people and social workers support millions of people across the country every day. The purpose of Social Work England is to regulate the social worker profession so that people receive the best possible support whenever they might need it in life. They are committed to raising standards through collaboration with everyone who has an interest in social work, and they will also seek to promote confidence in the sector.

Social workers will be contacted from Monday 2 December to introduce them to the new regulator and there will be details on how to set up an online account. Lots of useful information that social workers will need to know, for example, the new professional standards and guidance on CPD, will also be available on the Social Work England website.

Colum Conway, Chief Executive of Social Work England, said: “It’s a landmark moment for the sector as our organisation takes over as regulator. We have been established under new legislation which allows us to be a modern, specialist regulator that builds and promotes confidence in the sector. We will be flexible in our approach, collaborative with everyone who has an interest in social work and take proportionate action when things go wrong.

“Many social workers, stakeholders and people with lived experience have played an active role in shaping our organisation through the development phase. I look forward to continuing our collaborative work and increasing confidence in the sector.”

Find out more at You can also support the launch of the regulator by sharing this information amongst your networks and on Twitter using #socialworkengland.


Today Social Work England becomes the new regulator for social workers across England. Find out what this means for the profession at #socialworkengland

In preparation for the announcement, significant progress has been made to ensure a smooth and safe transition for social workers. Social Work England will become the new regulator later this year subject to this successful development continuing.

You do not need to anything as the transfer will be automatic for everyone on the Register.

Until 2 December 2019, the HCPC will continue to be your regulator. If you wish to raise a concern or check any details on your registration and fitness to practise status, please contact us as you normally would.

If you have any questions about the transfer, please refer to the  Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information on Social Work England, please explore their website. They have a Social Workers hub also here


Development funding available. See our sharepoint page (DCC only).

Academy staff are frequently asked if any funding is available for team or individual access to buy resources or access learning opportunities to meet needs identified by teams or in supervision and appraisal. This year we have set aside a proportion of the learning and development budget to enable staff and teams to bid for resources to support local learning. Up to £1000 per month will be available for team bids and up to £300 for individual bids. Teams and individuals may not bid for more than the maximum monthly amount within each financial year to ensure that the resource is spread evenly across services. Application forms can be found on the share-point page, link above 

Faculty of Succession

Lots of people take career breaks for a variety of reasons. The good thing about a social work degree is that it is generic and provides with lots of transferable skills. At times people take on non-social work roles within Children’s services and may not be aware that they can apply to re-register. The transfer from HCPC to Social Work England has not affected the process that you need to follow in order to re-enter the register. they have only changed the title to ‘Restoration’ onto the register. There is information on how to re-enter the register on Social Work England’s website. Devon’s Children’s Social Care Academy offers support for this. We can provide a short placement for those de-registered social workers so that they can meet the criteria required, (shadowing). Please contact  for guidance once you have read our website page, link here:

Re-Registration pages- Children’s Academy

Social Work England Re-registration Guide

The Student Faculty

Step-up to Social Work:

We have been involved in the selection of students for the Step-Up to Social Work Scheme for the second time and have 6 students in this cohort (6). The program commences in early January and is a Post Graduate Diploma route into Social Work.

Step-up Program


The Open University Bursary Scheme:

Lots of activity this summer with placements and courses ending;

  • Our 3rd year Ba OU students have completed their program and have all passed. Congratulations to Claire Harris, Clare Blight, Hazel Jones, Katie Wood and Kasia McClure. They are all about to apply to the HCPC for their registration. We in the Academy and their colleagues are all very proud of their success.  Then they will be preparing for their ASYE program in December.
  • The 2nd year Ba students returned in recent weeks from their first placements in Adults services and we said goodbye to the 2nd years from adults who were placed across children’s services.
  • Our first year Ba students will be preparing for their first placement in February 2020.
  • The PG Dip in Social Work students from cohort #1 have completed and start their ASYE program in now.
  • Cohort #2 of the PG Dip are have just started their placements on the 4th November.
  • We have 5 new students on the bursary program starting their programs. 2 Ba students will start the course in November and 3 PG Dip candidates will start in January

ASYE Faculty

Cohort 21 have submitted their ASYE portfolio’s  and are all moving to the Senior Social Work role. September, Cohort 22 are fast approaching their final reviews and cohort 23 includes our own OU graduates and are approaching their 9 month reviews.

Cohort 24 started in May and includes our recently completed Step-up students.

Cohort 25 has started and cohort 26 start in early December. For the induction program please look at the ASYE faculty pages on the website. (Dates, program guide and venues)

Professional Development Faculty

Social Work Practice Education Pathway;

The Introduction to Practice Learning (IPL) is aimed at Social Workers interested in supporting students as a Placement Supervisor. The next group of students start in November so Herbi and Penn delivered the 2 day course again on the 18th & 20th September. These staff are now raring to go with their students in the coming academic year.

The IPL workshops form the first level of the new Practice Education Pathway.  If you are interested please discuss with your manager and then apply with their support here;

For further details of supporting students follow this link Practice Education Pathway.

Practice Educator program; Our experienced Social Workers who started the Graduate Certificate in Practice Education (GCPE) have now completed their training and had feedback on their essays. Most have submitted their essays for Module Two and passed. With their mentors from the Academy they are reflecting on their experience of the program and of working as a Practice Educator for the first time.

Children’s Social Work BAME group;

BAME GROUP within the Social Work Academy is in now well established. Meetings take place every 3 months in different locations across the county to enable and encourage maximum involvement.

The Aims and Objectives of the group;
• To create a safe and supportive environment by means of having a confidential group supervision time to share their experiences.
• Advocacy for any BAME issues in particular with DCC.
• A reflective group to look at issues BAME SU’s/SW’s might face.
• To invite speakers/parties of interest to the group which are approached by all members to attend.
• To meet every three months with venue decided by the group.

Next meeting;

30th January at Oaklands, Tiverton, 12.30-4pm.

Further information please contact Penn on

Also please see the South West Peninsula BAME Social Worker forum:

Are you a BAME social worker?

There is an on-going opportunity to discuss and share experiences for those social workers who identify as being from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Group (BAME).  This can include the opportunity to explore challenges and common issues which can be faced by BAME social workers.  This is a regional Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic networking group for local authority social workers across the South West including Plymouth, Torbay, Cornwall and Devon.


The next South West Peninsula BME Social Worker Group will take place


13 December 2019 12:00-17:00 – bring food to share!


Meeting room G1 in Estuary House, Units 1 & 2, Brunel Industrial Estate,

Millwood Business Park, Collett Way, Newton Abbot TQ12 4PH


Please confirm attendance to;


Tom Taylor
Practice Educator Academy of Social Work Plymouth (FHEA, ACFP)
Children, Young People and Families
Plymouth City Council
Midland House

Plymouth University celebrating Black History Month;

Plymouth University have extended an invitation to DCC staff, (Herbi and Penn went along to sample the food and can report that it was amazing):

‘We are delighted to be hosting a wide-range of events this year in partnerships with the Students Union and various local community groups. due to the success of the Our Shared Table event, the union are going to continue with a Monthly event. 

  • OurTable, thursday 5th December, 6pm-8pm. A brand-new community dining event to meet new people and taste cuisine from around the world.

 The event is FREE of charge and open to staff, students and the general public; it would be great to see you there!’


University of Plymouth

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Team

Childrens Social Work in the Media