The knowledge and skills statements are the foundation for the introduction of a post-qualification specialist career pathway for child and family social workers. They’re crucial for child and family social work:
These statements will form the basis of the National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) for child and family social workers.
frontline practitioners (staff)
Practice supervisors are qualified social workers responsible for:
supervising child and family practitioners
developing the skills of teams and individuals involved in child and family social work services
Practice leaders are qualified social workers responsible for:
making sure the whole local system for child and family social work practice operates correctly
overseeing child and family frontline practitioners and practice supervisors
For frontline practitioners and practice supervisors, these statements have been determined as the post-qualifying improvement standards as set out under Section 42 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017, which means a professional standard, the attainment of which demonstrates particular expertise or specialisation.