England’s Chief Social Worker joins virtual celebration event

This story was published 19 May 2022

The achievements of newly qualified social workers in North Yorkshire have been celebrated after the latest cohort completed a nationally-recognised programme which reinforces best practice.

Caron and Claire with their award

We have celebrated the work of the 22 social workers who have completed the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme which provides extra support during their first year in the workforce.

A virtual event was held to applaud the social workers and those who have supported them through their journey, recognising the constraints that the coronavirus pandemic posed. 

Lyn Romeo, England’s Chief Social Worker for Adults, was among the speakers at the virtual event to talk about her role and the key priorities in social worker practice.

She said: “ASYE is such an important and valuable first year of practice for newly qualified adult social workers. It helps to embed and build confidence as they use their skills to work alongside individuals, families and communities to live happier, healthier lives. I was therefore delighted to join the latest North Yorkshire cohort to celebrate their success and share my priorities for modern, progressive social work.

“As we emerge from the pandemic to face fresh challenges to the safety and security of our population, now more than ever we must be a voice of professional challenge, innovation and person-centered care. That care extends to ourselves. The wellbeing of others can’t properly be served if we fail to take good care of our own.”

Caron Davison, who completed the ASYE in February 2022, said: “The ASYE programme is personal to each social worker and is a fantastic opportunity to hone skills, conduct further research and apply new knowledge.

“From day one I felt encouraged by the positivity I experienced from my peers and colleagues within the county council.  Nothing was ever a problem and colleagues were always open to my questions to learn and inform my practice. It felt so comforting to have such a wonderful team around me.

“Ultimately, my ASYE experience has urged me to seek out more opportunities than I ever thought possible. I feel confident in voicing new ideas, to be creative, challenge negative behaviour, to collaborate, to be inclusive, and to focus on individual’s strengths and personal circumstances.”

Claire Bradbury, who completed the ASYE in April 2021, added: “I really benefitted from working with other professionals including occupational therapists and mental health social workers. The shadowing opportunities enhanced my learning and confidence, and I began to learn what kind of social worker I would like to become.

“I think the course is a fantastic opportunity to explore our role as a social worker with guidance, and it gave us time to research and expand on our knowledge and skills. My toolbox for social working is forever growing.”

Richard Webb, Corporate Director of Health and Adult Services, was also at the event. He said: “I would like to congratulate and thank our newly qualified social workers and their managers, trainers, families and colleagues for supporting their learning, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Cara Nimmo, Head of Practice, added: “Our successful ASYE programme offers people the best start to their careers in social work and the level of support on offer gives us the best chance of retaining staff. I would like to wish this year’s graduates all the best in what I’m sure will be prosperous careers.”

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In January 2022, the county council launched the Make Care Matter recruitment campaign to encourage people to step forward and join the care workforce. You can find out more and apply for jobs across the care sector on our Make Care Matter recruitment website.