Assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE)


We have been involved in providing the ASYE programme since the programme was piloted nationally and have developed our programme over the years to respond to both national changes and individual need. We can now offer a bespoke programme that recognises that Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW) will start at different points on their professional journey and will need different forms of support to enable them to develop their professional capability and confidence.

We have responded to national changes by incorporating the knowledge and skills statements for children and families social work (DFE 2014) and will continue to develop our programme.

We believe NQSW are our workforce of the future and we are therefore prepared to invest heavily in this area of work to ensure that our staff get the best possible start and have the opportunity to learn and develop their practice. Further, we will provide a range of training and development within the framework of a core curriculum that we believe will provide our NQSW with the knowledge and skills to protect vulnerable children.
We will provide the opportunity to work in the different areas of our children’s social work service and to engage with difficult and complex work with appropriate support and management.

Framework of Support

We will provide a framework of support to ensure that each NQSW will get a programme that meets their individual needs whilst also engaging in meeting the required programme milestones.

From the start of your work you will have a line manager, ASYE mentor and social work buddy who will be there to manage and support your progress throughout the year and to guide you in the areas of practice and development identified.

Induction programme

Our next Induction Programme –


Induction Programme Cohort 25

Day 1 – MON 23 Sep 2019 – Committee Suites
Day 2 – WED 25 Sep 2019 – Committee Suites
Day 3 – MON  30 Sep2019 – Committee Suites
Day 4 –  OCT 2 2019 – Ansel Room Coaver

All 9.30am start with refreshments on arrival at 9.15am

County Hall
Topsham Road

Coaver Club
County Hall
Matford Lane

Travel Information County Hall

Pay and display car parking is available at County Hall but can become very limited. (The following charges apply for parking; up to 30 mins free, 1 hour £1.10, 2 hours £2.20, 4 hours £4.40, 8 hours £7.) Please also note that main reception do not carry change for the car park. If you are not based at County Hall, once parked, please report to main reception where you will be given a visitors pass and will be directed to the Coaver Club.
For a map and more information on travelling to County Hall (Driving, Bus Services, Park & Ride, Cycle facilities, etc) please click on the following link  Travel Information for Visitors

Before your start date
If your are successful at interview, before your start date we ask you to visit the team you are to work in and to write a self-assessment of your strengths and development needs under each of the knowledge and skills statements. This will help in creating a development plan that will meet your needs.

Programme structure

Programme structure throughout 12 months:
The timeline diagram  outlines the work required throughout the year which will culminate in the presentation of a portfolio of work that will be assessed by us and Bournemouth University against the Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice.

ASYE guidance

We created the ASYE GUIDE to provide an overview of the programme in Devon County Council, detailing the approach in regard to development and implementation.    Learning and Support Framework gives a brief summary which outlines a recommended revised approach to the support, learning and mentoring arrangements for newly qualified social workers.

ASYE presentations

A list of ASYE Workshop Presentations will be published shortly for 2019

ASYE case discussions

Information to follow

Policy and corporate review

You can access ASYE Policy for Newly Qualified Social Workers and ASYE Review form for NQSWs on the Devon County Council pages dedicated to probation process (please note that these pages will only be available to DCC staff). It is crucial that you familiarise yourself with the policy and that the review form is being used during the ASYE year.

HR Guidance and Policy


ASYE documentsASYE experiences

This page is under construction

Video Interview of Previous NQSW’s on the ASYE Programme