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The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme

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Devon’s ASYE programme is based on a national framework for practice development to help newly qualified social workers (NQSW) to develop the skills, knowledge, and capability to climb the career ladder.

“Our vision is for a social work profession that has fully confident and highly capable social workers who have been properly trained in the right way with the right knowledge and skills. They must have the opportunity to work in supportive environments that facilitate critical thinking and enable them to make the best decisions for children and families.” (Putting children first – July 2016 Department for Education)

Here at Devon County Council (DCC), we provide a bespoke ASYE programme dedicated to your individual learning and development needs. We will support you throughout your transition from NQSW to experienced social worker, which we recognise can be daunting and feel like a giant leap. We even tailor opportunities depending on your starting point, accounting for previous experience and acknowledging your progress and development throughout the year.

During the year-long supported programme, we will regularly review your progress and develop precise plans and objectives to enhance your development.

As different teams rely on differing core skills, what you learn during the programme will reflect the team you choose to work for during your ASYE year. However, the assessment structure of the programme will remain relatively similar.

Please visit the Assessment Framework for more information on the structure of the programme.


What the Devon ASYE programme can offer you!

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) days. To support your Learning and Development Plan.

Ongoing learning and development opportunities, including seminars, workshops and action learning.

Clear career pathway to progress within Children’s Services

Relocation allowance (paid pro rata according to policy).

Paid professional re-registration fees.

Protected caseloads and time.

Regular reflective practice groups to share experiences and learn from each other.

A personal development adviser/mentor assigned by the Academy. To offer individual support and guidance through the process.

Dedicated support and supervision from your manager to help you reflect on your practice and learning needs.

Comprehensive Induction process – Including key people and areas of Children’s Services.

Two social workers standing up chatting. One facing the camera and one with their back to the camera. The benefits of completing your ASYE with us

We offer a wide range of benefits, including a clear career progression pathway and attractive salary.

For more information on what we have to offer!

Learn more about the benefits


The graphic shows the Social Work Today Conference advert aimed at newly qualified social workersWebinar to find out about our ASYE programme

Join the Children’s Social Care team at the Social Work Today conference in February!

We are hosting an online webinar on Tuesday 14th Feb (10 am) to discuss our ASYE programme and what we can offer newly qualified social workers. So join us and discover what makes Restorative Devon so unique and why this is a perfect place to do your ASYE!

To register

The image shows a generic shot of a hand on a computer in the background with the words To apply for the assessed year in employment (ASYE) programme, applications open on Monday 13th February. How to apply for the ASYE programme

The next ASYE programme will begin in May 2023, with the application process opening from the 13th of February till the 12th of March 2023. As soon as the application process opens, we will put a link below to direct you straight to the website to apply. Until then, If you would like to express interest in the programme, please email the Children’s Social Care Team on: childsc.recruitmentchildrenssocialwork-mailbox@devon.gov.uk .

We also have ASYE programmes starting in September and December 2023. Please watch this space for more information, or follow us on  Facebook , as the programme will be advertised several weeks before the application period opens.


The image shows two Social Workers standing together (one being Mavis) with a quote saying - Devon supports you from the start. From on-the-job training to the skills and knowledge that they give you. They’ve got so many training options, both online and face-to-face, that enable you to be a better social worker.
 (Mavis, Experienced Social Worker)

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