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SYTP is delivery partner for new Practice Supervisor Development Programme

The Department for Education are launching a national Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP). This programme will be for those social workers taking up their first role in which they are responsible for supporting and developing the practice of others.

Research in Practice will be responsible for running this new programme working with a number of local delivery partners including the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership, drawing on the expertise of several highly respected organisations including Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, University of Sussex and Goldsmith’s University of London.

This programme will have a strong focus on embedding key knowledge and skills, including those set out in the knowledge and skills statement for practice supervisors. It will focus on key aspects of management and leadership, and equipping participants with the confidence to lead their teams, manage practitioner workloads and wellbeing and develop practitioners’ own knowledge, skills and confidence.

The programme will also have a focus on embedding learning within organisations. Extensive engagement with the sector will inform the final programme design. We expect the programme to reach approximately 700 newly promoted practice supervisors over the next two years.

 

CPD: Frequently asked questions

Please note that the information on this page relates to  CPD modules/courses which are accredited by the University of Sheffield. Further information on Sheffield Hallam courses will be available shortly

Where will the modules/courses be held?  

    • All modules/courses (with the exception of the Practice Education modules) will be held at the University of Sheffield . Exact locations will be confirmed once you are registered onto a course
    • The venue for the Practice Educator modules are not yet confirmed, but please note that these may be held at a location within South Yorkshire but outside of Sheffield.

How much does a module/course cost?   

    • The majority of modules cost £500 per student for 15 credits and £1000 per student for 30 credits. The PG Cert in Leadership and Management costs £3000 per student. If you are nominated for a module then these costs will be covered by your employer as part of their commitment to your continuing professional development.
    • Please note that if you discontinue a module/course without good reason, or fail to show satisfactory attendance, then you may be required to repay some or all of these costs. Please see the SYTP Learning Contract, for more information
    • There may be an opportunity for some students to self-fund places on modules where they are not selected for a funded place. Please see below for more information.

What happens if I am registered on a module/course but can no longer attend?  

    • The module dates are set out in the CPD brochure (please contactsouthyorkshireteachingpartnership@sheffield.gov.uk for a copy). Please ensure that you are free to attend ALL course dates before applying for a place on a module.
    • If once you have applied/registered, something comes up and you can no longer attend, you must let both the University and your Workforce Development contact know as soon as possible. Please note that you may be required to repay some or all of the fees, expenses and other costs associated with the Learning Activity if you discontinue the course without sufficient good reason.
  • What happens if I miss lectures?  
    • Please ensure that you are free to attend ALL course dates before applying for a place on a module.
    • Please note that you may be required to repay some or all of the fees, expenses and other costs associated with the Learning Activity if you fail to show satisfactory attendance.
  • What happens if I am not selected for a place on a module/course?  
    • If you are not selected for a place on a module or course, then there may be an opportunity for you to self-fund a place via salary sacrifice. Please note that this option may not be available in some areas, and will not be available if a module or course is full.
    • Please contact your HR Department or Workforce Development contact for more information.

Do I need to be a registered social worker? 

    • Yes, you need to be a registered social worker for all modules and courses, with the exception of the PG Cert in Leadership and Management which is also open to non-registered managers who meet the entry criteria.

How do I build up my credits to gain a qualification?

  • All CPD modules are accredited and social workers can therefore build up credits towards a range of postgraduate qualifications including a certificate, diploma or MA in Advanced Professional Practice. Credits remain valid for up to 6 years. Please note that the PG Certificate in Management and Leadership is a stand-alone course, and the credits therefore cannot be used towards a diploma or MA in Advanced Professional Practice
  • N.b only a very small number of people will be sponsored by the SYTP to undertake the additional modules required for the full MA. There may be an opportunity for some people to self-fund a place on the MA via salary sacrifice. Please note that this option may not be available in some areas, and will not be available if a module or course is full. Please contact your HR Department or Workforce Development lead for more information.
  • N.b. you are not currently able to transfer CPD credits between our two university partners

Will I get study time?  

 

 

    • The South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership recognises the importance of independent study time in enabling staff to fully engage with and reflect on learning, and in ensuring that learning is used to develop and improve their practice. In order to ensure that all staff enrolled on these modules receives study time, we have therefore agreed to build study time into the module timetables.
    • For instance, a module might include half a day of self-directed learning in its timetable. The amount of learning time varies per module depending on the format of the module and the number of module credits.

Are the modules open to everyone?

 

CPD application and registration processes

Please note that the information on this page relates to applying and registering for CPD modules/courses which are accredited by the University of Sheffield. Information on how to apply and register for Sheffield Hallam courses will be available shortly

How do I apply for study for a module?

We will advertise the number of places offered and will invite you to register your interest. Should there be more interest than places then there will be a selection process.

If you have been offered a place on a module, then the process for taking up your place is as follows:

Please note – all 3 steps must be completed before you can start on the module.

  1. You will receive an electronic copy of the SYTP Learning Contract . Please complete it asap and return it to a.f.clark@sheffield.ac.uk. Please note that it is expected that you will meet with your line manager and PSW or workforce development lead to complete the Learning Agreement.
  2. You will receive an email with links to an online application form and instructions for completion. You should only apply for the module you have been nominated for. NB You will need your HCPC registration number to hand when completing the application form. Once you have completed the on-line application you will receive a confirmation e-mail that your application has been submitted.
  3. University of Sheffield admissions will then send you an e-mail giving information about your offer and advising you that you will receive a further email providing instructions on how to register online to join the University and set up your student account. The registration form takes you through several steps all of which must be completed.

Once you have registered you will be issued with your Ucard, have access to University facilities and be set up for the award of your credits.

Remember – both the application form and registration tasks must be completed, and the learning agreement form completed and returned, before you can take up your place on the module.

The role of the social worker in adoption: ethics and human rights

Date: Tuesday 5 June,

Time: 4.00pm-6.00pm

Location: Heritage Quay Group Space University of Huddersfield

In 2016 the British Association of Social Work (BASW) commissioned an Enquiry into: the role of the social worker in adoption: ethics and human rights. The report explores the views of those impacted by, or working in adoption, on policies and practicesacross the UK.

We are delighted to announce the Yorkshire launch of the Enquiry Report where the authors Professors Brid Featherstone and Anna Gupta will highlight the key messages.

The event will be chaired by Steve Walker, Director of Children’s Service, Leeds Children’s Services. A panel of speakers including birth parents, adoptive parents, adopted people and social workers will offer their views on how the Enquiry’s messages should be taken forward.

This event is particularly aimed at social workers and managers. This may also be of interest to all those involved in or impacted by adoption.

Numbers are limited so book your place as early as possible by visiting http://hud.ac/eeq

 

Vacancy: Lecturer in Social Work

Job Reference Number: UOS019008

Faculty: Social Sciences

Department: Department of Sociological Studies

Salary: Grade 8

£39,992 to £47,722 per annum, with potential to progress to £53,691 through sustained exceptional contribution

Closing Date: 21st May 2018

Are you interested in working for a world top 100 University?

The Department of Sociological Studies has a major international reputation for excellence in research and teaching across Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work and more recently Digital Media, achieving high levels of cross-fertilisation between these disciplines. It is committed to understanding society and social change, and to research and teaching that improves people’s lives, especially those of the most vulnerable. We are proud to be one of the top social science research departments in the UK, with a long history of high profile contributions to theory, policy and practice.

The successful candidate will play a key role in contributing to the Department’s portfolio by maintaining our high standards of teaching and running modules across both years of the MA Social Work programme, these can include modules on professional practice, the law, theory for practice and specialised modules in children or adult social work.

You will have a PhD in relevant discipline, have a proven teaching ability with a growing record of quality research publications. Experience of teaching in the subject area, ideally at both undergraduate and postgraduate level is essential. You will be expected to represent the Department in the wider University and promote and represent the University and the discipline nationally and internationally.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research,teaching and student experience.

Further details can be found at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs

CPD Awards Ceremony

An award ceremony was held on the 23rd April to celebrate the achievements of practitioners and managers who have successfully completed our CPD modules and courses.

SYTP certificates of achievement were presented for the following modules/courses:

  • Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (HEI accreditation, 15 credits)
  • Developing Professional Practice and Safeguarding (30 credit module)
  • Introduction to Leadership and Mentoring (30 credit module)
  • Interventions to promote change (15 credit module)
  • Out of Home Care (15 credit module)
  • Parenting Capacity (15 credit module)
  • Practice Learning Educator Stage 1 (15 credit module)

University of Sheffield certificates were also presented by the university’s Management School to those who have successfully the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management (60 credits)

If you are interested in finding out more about our current CPD opportunities, please see http://www.southyorkshireteachingpartnership.co.uk/advanced-practitioner-framework/

Social Work England secondment

My name is Liz Howard and I am currently employed by Sheffield City Council as a Practice Development Manager with responsibility for promoting and maintaining high standards of practice and compliance with the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

I have recently studied for and achieved, a PG Cert in Leadership and Management in Social Work, through the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership.   Shortly after completing the leadership and management course, I became aware of a secondment opportunity with Social Work England. Having read through the job specification I was excited to hear that Social Work England would have a base in Sheffield and that they were looking for an experienced Adult Social Worker . I felt immediately that this was an opportunity not to be missed and sought the support of my manager and colleagues in expressing an interest in the role. Following an informal meeting at the end of January 2018 I was told I had been successful. Yesssss! . The role is initially for 6 months with the option for a further 6 month extension and with scope to join Social Work England as a secondee, as the new regulator is established.

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 establishes Social Work England as the new, specialist regulator for social workers in England. It is a body independent from government responsible for setting professional education and training standards for social workers and providing assurance that those registered meet the standards, are qualified and remain fit to practise. I will be joining this high profile national programme of work at a key moment in its development.

The primary objective of the new regulator will be protection of the public. Establishing Social Work England is a key part of achieving the Government’s vision to improve both the quality of social work practice, and the systems that support social workers.

In this role I will provide line of sight to frontline practice, providing both challenge and support as well an inputting social work knowledge and experience into strategy and operational development, support and promote engagement with the sector including facilitating consultation with social workers, people with support needs, employers and training providers on proposals for professional standards of conduct, CPD standards and approach, and training and education standards for the training of social workers.

I’m looking forward to getting started and to be part of this new and exciting chapter for social work.

 

 

 

 

Research reviews and practice resources

Members of the social work research and teaching team in the Department for Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield have developed a short series of research reviews and practice resources based on their recent research and practice interests. Children’s social care staff at Rotherham Council also assisted in the development of these resources in two focus groups held in 2015. The resources aim to provide an accessible summary of key issues and developments about several topics within children’s social care accompanied by practitioner orientation activities, thinking points and messages. For more information please see. They include

  • Sen, R (2017) Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE): Awareness, identification, support and prevention. Download hereCSE Practice Resource Sen June 2017
  • Leigh, J (2017) Supporting practitioners in Children’s and Adults’ Social Care. Download hereLeigh 2017 Support practitioners in social care FINAL
  • Churchill, H (2018 Forthcoming) Whole family support.
  • Churchill, H and Laing, J (2018 Forthcoming) Parental, Child and Family Engagement in Family Support and Child Protection.