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BASW launches a review of its mentoring scheme

The British Association of Social Work (BASW) England is pleased to announce that we are undertaking a review of the mentoring scheme that was launched in 2011. The scheme which was initially developed as a response to calls for support from newly qualified social workers (NQSW’s), has also supported social workers seeking advice on returning to social work, as well as overseas social workers who needed advice and guidance on working as a social worker in the UK. For more information about the current scheme click here

The landscape for NQSWs has changed considerably over the last 7 years. There have been significant changes to the support and development for NQSW’s, with many employers and universities working closely together to recruit and support NQSW’s via the Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE).

Carol Stewart, Director of Chinara Enterprises Ltd has been selected to undertake the review on behalf of BASW.  Carol is a qualified social worker of over 20 years and has a wealth of experience in developing mentoring schemes and ASYE programmes. Her company has been delivering the Return to Social Work programme on behalf of the Local Government Association for the past two years, as well as offering mentoring and training to agency social workers across the UK.

BASW are seeking the views of members in England about whether there is a need for a mentoring scheme managed by BASW, and if this is still needed what members would like from a mentoring programme, for example supporting more experienced social workers at various points of their career.

To take part in the survey click here

The closing date for responses is Monday 18th of June