Independent project worker BASW England Mentoring Scheme

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.

BASW’s objectives in running the mentoring scheme at present :

  1. To provide a member benefit
  2. To support the social work sector in England recruit suitably qualified social workers

BASW would also like the applicant(s) to consider:

  1. To research and put forward proposals for extending and developing the current scheme to one that provides support to social workers in their first two years in practice
  2. To consider the feasibility of either the present scheme, or the possible extended scheme to the whole of the UK

The BASW England mentoring scheme was established in 2011 in response to requests from BASW members to provide support for newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) who were finding it difficult to enter the workforce. At that time many NQSWs were struggling to find suitable work following employers implementing job freezes and reductions in the number of social work posts. Since then the employment market has improved, although there is evidence that some NQSWs are finding difficulties in finding employment. The scheme has evolved since 2011 to include support to people who are looking to return to social work after a gap in employment and also to support social workers who qualified overseas, but are residing in England.

The scheme runs by mentors offering telephone and e mail support, linking experienced social workers with people looking for support. The mentors are all volunteers.

There are procedures for those interested in being mentors and there are processes to assess the suitability of mentees for the scheme.

Further information on the mentoring project is found at:

The scheme has been run in a low-key way. BASW would now like to examine the scheme in more depth than has been possible to date, including an evaluation of the usefulness and efficacy of the scheme. Recommendations about the future of the scheme will need to be made. A review of current materials available to mentors and mentees is part of the brief and if appropriate an update of the materials.

Funding for this evaluative work has been secured from March 2018 until the end of September 2018.

Suitable person / persons.

We are looking to appoint person / persons with knowledge of:

  • mentoring / coaching
  • social work
  • the employment market in England for social workers
  • recruitment and selection processes for social workers in England
  • evaluation
  • project management
  • Report writing skills:
  • self-motivated and self-managing
  • perseverance
  • time management
  • sufficient skills in ICT to undertake the work
  • good communication skills to communicate effectively with mentors, mentees and BASW employees

Other requirements:

  • We are looking to appoint a person / persons who is self-employed, or is employed by a university or similar organisation
  • You will be home based
  • Some travel will be required

How the project will operate

We have a flexible approach to how the project will be implemented, so proposals and suggestions are welcome. We anticipate that applicants will be able to devote a substantive amount of time to the project – for example in the region of two days a week, although maximum flexibility in terms of managing the work would be appreciated.

The work needs to be completed by the end of September 2018. There maybe a possibility of the work continuing beyond September, but there are no guarantees of that.


You will receive support from BASW employees, in terms of a detailed briefing about the work, support to access information and ongoing advice and guidance. You will be accountable to a Professional Officer, initially this will be Joe Godden

Applications for interest in the project:

Please apply via e mail to Joe Godden

Your application should address the points above and propose how you would undertake the work, including your costings.

Closing date for applications: April 10th 2018

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