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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.





World Social Work Day 2018!

World Social Work Day will be on the 20th March 2018. It is the key day in the year that social workers worldwide stand together to celebrate the achievements of the profession and take the theme message into their communities, workplaces and to their governments to raise awareness of the social work contributions and need for further action.

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South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership social workers recognised in national Social Worker of the Year Awards

Dean Radford, Sheffield City Council – Gold award in the Newly Qualified Social Worker category

 Sheffield City Council social worker who helped a terminally ill woman from Africa and her seven-year-old child to secure housing and support in the city has won a national award.

Dean Radford has won Community Care’s Gold award for Newly Qualified Children’s social worker of the year after helping the family who had been moved to Sheffield by the National Asylum Support Service.

Dean stood out to the judges as someone who is “tenacious, creative and passionate”.

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Suzannah Rockett, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council – Silver award in the Practice Educator category

Assessed and Supported Year for New and Aspiring Managers (ASYAM)

The Assessed and Supported Year for New and Aspiring Managers (ASYAM) pilot has been designed to identify, develop and support aspiring managers and leaders across the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership (SYTP). The ASYAM will combine bespoke, targeted CPD provision along with work-based mentoring and support, in order to develop a clear, well-supported career pathway into management for our social workers.

The ASYAM pilot will build on the Leadership and Management stream of our Advanced Practitioner Framework, ensuring that future managers and leaders are supported to bring the skills and knowledge developed during this training into their practice, and to further develop and refine these skills under the mentorship of mentors who are experienced managers.

By supporting the development of effective and skilled social work managers, the ASYAM will raise standards and performance in services leading to improved outcomes for service users and carers. The ASYAM will also be embedded within a defined workforce development strategy for the SYTP, and will be mapped to the KSS for practice leaders and practice supervisors. The programme will contribute to the improved recruitment and retention of social workers by ensuring that aspiring managers are supported in both their everyday practice and their individual career aspirations.

The pilot programme will be fully evaluated, and the results of the evaluation will be used to further review and develop the programme, including its timescales, and to determine if the programme will be rolled out across SYTP.

This programme is grounded in what the research tells us about how people improve their practice. It is, therefore, an evidence-informed programme aimed at improving and developing the knowledge, skills, and values of participants for future management and leadership positions. The programme uses a metacognitive approach (Bruner, 1996), which identifies explicit and challenging goals for participants, identifies strategies to reach these goals, and monitors progress towards them. It is based on three inter-related elements: Organisational observation as a foundation for knowledge and skill acquisition; deliberate acts aimed at maintaining, developing, and improving knowledge and skills; and social support for learning and practice development.

The programme will include:

  • A 2 day foundation programme
  • Multisource evaluations of participants’ practice knowledge and skills
  • Individualised practice development plans
  • Practice development communities
  • Individually tailored organisational observations and follow-up practice-reinforcing learning activities
  • Tailored masterclasses and follow-up practice-reinforcing learning activities
  • Individually tailored learning opportunities to gain organisational knowledge
  • Individually tailored leadership activities
  • Individual practice development and improvement mentors
  • Multisource feedback of participants’ practice knowledge and skills

The dates for the ASYAM pilot are as follows:

  • 7th February 2018 – Training for ASYAM mentors
  • 5th & 7th March 2018 ASYAM induction

For further information, please contact 

Teaching Partnership National Networking Forum

South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership (SYTP) have worked with other Teaching Partnerships (TPs) around the country to establish the TP National Networking Forum – the purpose of which is to share knowledge and good practice, and to act as a collective voice for TPs. The first meeting of the forum was held in Manchester in June 2017, and included representatives from 8 TPs.

The second meeting was held in September 2017, hosted by SYTP.  11 Teaching Partnerships were represented at this meeting. The meeting was also attended by the DfE, who will use information gained from the meeting to feed into decision making about the future of funding for Teaching Partnerships. Topics discussed at the meeting included: Placements; CPD; Workforce and labour market planning; and the future of Teaching Partnership funding.

The next meeting will be held in Nottingham on the 9th January, hosted by the D2N2 Teaching Partnership. For more information about this meeting please contact Chris Durkin, D2N2 Project Manager at

South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership planning workshop

The South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership (SYTP) held a workshop on the 21st September, the purpose of which was to reflect on our achievements so far as a partnership, and to plan ahead for the next phase of Teaching Partnership delivery. The event was well attended, with 47 representatives from across all the SYTP partner local authorities, plus The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and the Department for Education. The event opened with a series of keynote presentations to outline our journey so far – including a welcome speech from Paul Moffatt, Chief Executive of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, and a presentation from Professor Kate Morris (University of Sheffield).

A series of workshops were then held, in which groups were tasked to look at future plans and developments across 4 key areas: practice education; academic delivery and CPD; research and evidence-informed practice; and retention and succession planning. The workshop facilitators were asked to focus the discussions on sustainability and on developing new and innovative ideas to help address service challenges. Feedback from the workshops and the group discussions will now be used to develop an action plan, which will inform our planning for the next phase of the Teaching Partnership delivery.

The feedback from participants following the event was very positive, with the majority finding it ‘useful’ or ‘very useful’, and with many asking for the workshop to become an annual event. Please see [upload summary report] for a summary of the event. A full post-event evaluation report and action plan is also available on request from

Bridge over Troubled Water

Bridge over Troubled Water: working together to ensure that social work students are fit to practice.

SYTP staff presented a poster at the University of Sheffield’s recent Engaged Learning Conference. The poster, created by Jane Laing (University of Sheffield), Jess McEwen (SYTP) and Fiona Addison (Sheffield City Council), outlines SYTP’s approach to working collaboratively in order to enhance the quality of the SYTP’s qualifying social work programme. The poster is available to download here: Bridge over Troubled Water

For further details of the event, please see

Children’s Social Work Matters

Children matter… It’s a simple statement, but it’s what unites everyone in children’s social work.

Under the  banner Children’s Social Work Matters, all 14 local authorities and one Trust in Yorkshire and The Humber are working together by sharing knowledge and experience in a collaborative way to drive standards of care higher and ensure children feel safe – a cause completely aligned with that of the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership.

Children’s Social Work Matters is about helping to promote and recognise the good work and dedication of our children’s social work teams and to help enable and facilitate collaboration across the region.

To this end, promotes the work and benefits of childrens social work and how to get into the profession in Yorkshire and Humber. This includes all the latest job opportunities across the region and up-to-date news from across the UK on social work matters.

To support collaborative working Childrens Social Work Matters offers social work professionals, students and academics access to Our Children’s Social Work Matters – a private and secure online platform providing a range of very useful features that enable interaction and sharing of information and experiences across the region.

Also accessible at your fingertips via a mobile phone app, the key features include:

  • The latest, real-time, social work news from around the UK and region
  • An events calendar, which as well as being abele to publicise your events can also be used to offer and manage bookings
  • The facility to have private online discussions with colleagues via the ‘Team Room’
  • The facility to log and store CPD activities with reporting and HCPC audit submission functionality
  • Access to, participate in or watch, topical webinars hosted by CSWM from social work practitioners, service users, academics and policy makers
  • Best practice and other resources via the Knowledge and local authority sections

If you’re interested in Children’s Social work and not already aware of or plugged in go to Children’s Social Work Matters at – if you’re already working in social work register for OurCSWM here. If you’re a student or lecturer email us at and we’ll get you registered in no time.

Reflective supervision: the cornerstone of good social work practice

Sam Clayton, Principal Child and Family Social Worker for Lincolnshire County Council, has recently published a blog post for Research in Practice about reflective supervision.

Sam talks about her experience of working with Research in Practice on a Change Project, the focus of which was to gather evidence and draw together best practice in order to formulate and test a pack of resources for the sector to use to support good reflective supervision

The full article is available at