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August 2019

This months news:

Update on the transfer of regulation to Social Work England;

On Monday 2 December 2019, Social Work England will take over from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as the new regulator.

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. When returning to social work after a break you need to check you meet the criteria to determine that you’re eligible to be employed again. Those criteria are:

1. Are you currently HCPC registered?

2. Have you registered your interest for a Return to Work programme?

3. Have you practiced in a statutory setting for over a year or more?

4. Do you have the right to work in the UK?

See our Re-Registration pages for more information here

Re-Registration pages- Children’s Academy

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 students are about to complete the final placements and have one outstanding assignment to complete before they graduate. Then they will be ready for their ASYE program.
  • 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 are starting their ASYE program in September.
  • Cohort #2 of the PG Dip are at the end of their first placements and return to their posts and prepare for their next placements due to start in 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 and 22 are approaching their 11 month reviews, cohort 23 includes our own OU graduates and have had their 6 month reviews.

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

Cohort 25 will start in September and cohort 26 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 won’t start until November 2019 so we will be running this 2 day course again on the 18th & 20th September. 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 11 experienced Social Workers who started the Graduate Certificate in Practice Education (GCPE) have now completed their training and submitted essays. They are waiting on the result of Module one. Some have already started working with their student and others are about to do so. Good Luck to you all.

Children’s Social Work BAME group;

BAME GROUP within the Social work Academy is in its early stages of development. 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;

12 August 2019 11:00-15:00

 Exeter, County Hall – Room Coaver Sargent

 Darryl Freeman will be joining us for the session

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.

Childrens Social Work in the Media

The NSPCC have this week published a summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice around online abuse

accessible here.

The NSPCC have a knowledge and research review newsletter, CASPAR, sent by email weekly. You can sign up here.

CASPAR; Current Awareness Service for Practice, Policy and Research.

There is an article in Community Care this month on the problems faced by practitioners and agencies across rural areas in managing County Lines. A Social Worker talks about the challenge of this in the South West of England.