NESWA has been developing a number of pieces of work that aim to ensure that the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) are firmly embedded within organisations that employ registered social workers. The new social work regulator Social Work England has already indicated that when it starts work next autumn it will be looking at how social work practice is informed by the KSS and at how practitioners can demonstrate their understanding of the KSS.
Over the summer a small Task & Finish group has been developing an annual appraisal tool that is mapped against the KSS. One for children’s services and a separate one for adult services. These have been piloted in several local authorities to make sure they are user friendly and fit for purpose. Feedback from the pilots has been very positive. These tools are now available for you to use with your own staff. Please feel free to use them as you see fit and customise them to work alongside your own organisations’ annual appraisal process.
With huge thanks to Susan Rutter from Stockton for designing the tool and to Tracey Horseman (Northumberland), Catherine Hardman (Gateshead) and Suzie Cooper (Newcastle) for their contributions to the group.