The BASW mentoring scheme was established in 2011 to support Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) who have not been able to find employment as a social worker. The purpose for BASW developing a mentoring scheme for NQSWs was to support NQSWs who have recently graduated and were finding it difficult to find work as a social worker. The situation of large numbers of NQSWs finding it very difficult to find work came about very quickly and was the consequence of the recession and oversupply of social workers graduating. The situation has improved somewhat in the last three years, with more employers encouraging NQSWs to apply for posts, growth in the ASYE scheme and some reduction in the number of graduates; however, NQSWs still report that when jobs are advertised the adverts often say that applicants must have a least two years post qualifying experience as a social worker.
We have also been contacted by qualified social workers who have been out of practice for a while – for example because of career breaks – some of whom have also been finding it difficult to get back into social work. The mentoring scheme has successfully supported a number of people in that situation. Similarly we have been able to offer a mentor to people who qualified as social workers outside the UK, who have found it difficult to get accepted for a social work post in England
To be eligible for mentoring you must be a BASW England member. You must also be registered with the HCPC.
BASW England are looking to appoint a suitable person/persons to undertake work on reviewing the BASW England mentoring scheme and to make recommendations for the future of this work. Click here for details.
Guidelines for mentees
Guidelines for mentors
If you think that the mentoring scheme might help you or you are interested in being a mentor please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a student or NQSW you might find the webinar below useful and you can see more at our BASW Digital page.