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Assessing the quality of evidence and addressing concerns training for Practice Assessors

Part of BASW's Taught Skills Programme for Practice Assessors & Supervisors

***Session for Practice Assessor & Supervisors only***

Part 3 of 4 in BASW's Taught Skills Programme for Practice Assessors - you do not to attend every session in the programme. To discuss rates for block bookings of 5 or more delegates please email

This 3-hour session is designed for Practice Assessors (PA’s) of Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW’s) undertaking their initial post-qualifying year in practice. The session outlines the requirements of Practice Assessors in terms of assessing the evidence provided by the NQSW for their portfolio/assessment process.

This course explores what to look for in terms of quality of evidence and also explores how to identify if there are concerns with an NQSW’s progress and how to take these forward to improve practice or address any serious concerns around ability or suitability.


Learning Outcomes: 

  • Understand what constitutes good quality evidence of progress from both the NQSW and the Assessor including matching evidence ot the assessment criteria.
  • Confidence in assessing the progress of the NQSW against the stage of their post-qualifying journey and analysing what is a proportionate response to any concerns.
  • The ability to raise and address concerns with NQSW’s regarding any concerns regarding practice and a plan to address these.

Learning Methods: 

A combination of learning methods will be used throughout the session, including lecture, workshop and group work. Interactive and experiential methods, group and pair work, and interactive activities in the form of quizzes, polls, case studies, and reflection dilemmas will be used, to inform participant learning and support application to practice.  

Resources Required: 

This course will be delivered by MS Teams, please ensure your IT equipment is updated and is running audio/visual and the latest version of Teams – please use the joining instructions provided. 

Programme Outline: 

Introductions, ground rules & Explanation of online methods 

What makes good evidence?

  • Links to KSS/PCF/Assessment Criteria
  • Evidence of reflection & personal development
  • Links to theory & law
  • Evidence of Social Work Values


How do we assess & respond to concerns?

  • Nature of the concern:
    • Practice skills?
    • Knowledge?
    • Application of policies/procedure?
    • Ability to practice independently?
    • Values & Ethics?
  • Assessing the seriousness:
    • Are there mitigations?
    • Can the need be addressed by teaching/shadowing etc?
    • Is it a risk to service users/team/service/the profession
  • Addressing the concern
    • With the NQSW
    • With HR
    • Making a plan

Feedback & Evaluation 


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