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Professional development and reflective supervision: Managing expectations and workloads.

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

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

Part 1 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) for Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW’s) undertaking their initial post-qualifying year in practice.

The session outlines the basic requirements of the post qualifying programme for both the PA and the NQSW and explores how this can be achieved via managing the expectations of both the NQSW & the assessor, appropriate workload management and effective reflective supervision.

This course explores how to ensure the NQSW gets sufficient learning opportunities throughout the year to be able to manage a full & varied caseload at the 12 month point without being overloaded.

The course also looks at the support NQSW’s need to link policies, procedures & theory to their cases, to ensure they develop as holistic, safe and effective practitioners whose are grounded in best practice and underpinned by law. Finally the session will explore how supervision underpins the assessment process against the KSS and PCF. 

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Understand what the requirements are for the NQSW and the Assessor – including roles and responsibilities and links to the KSS & PCF assessment
  • Understand the supervision & caseload requirements for NQSW’s including the 90% guidance and progressing the nature and amount of work allocated over the course of the year. 
  • Understand the supervision requirements for NQSW’s including exploring well-being, professional development & case reflection to improve practice underpinned by law & best practice. 

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: 

9 am - Please log on to MS Teams and join the meeting in the general channel  

9. 30 - Introductions, ground rules & Explanation of online methods 

9.45 What are the requirements for NQSW’s? 

  • Supervision and Support 
  • Learning Opportunities & Workload Management 
  • Portfolio Requirements  


11.00 What constitutes effective NQSW Supervision? 

  • Professional Development (the non-client bit) 
  • Effective Practice (the client bit) 
  • Making the links – law, theory, policy, KSS & PCF (all the other bits).  

12.15 Feedback & Evaluation 

12.30  CLOSE 

The Trainer:

Anita Gurry, Principal Social Worker 

Anita is registered with SWE as a social worker and has worked in the health and social care sector for over 40 years.

Generically trained and experienced, Anita has worked across all service user groups and at all levels in the statutory organisation.

Anita is a warranted and practising AMHP and successfully completed her BIA qualification in December 2021 (go Anita!). She has a particular interest in children and adolescent mental health, Deprivation of Liberty, MCA and the impact of trauma on the lived experience of children and adults. 

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