Continuing Professional Development

Social Work Practice and Development CPD Framework

Our Social Work Practice and Development CPD Framework has been developed jointly by SYTP, and is designed to support social work professionals to continue to develop their knowledge and skills as professionally capable, reflective and analytical practitioners.

The Framework is for social workers and managers working across children and families and adults’ services, and is mapped to the Knowledge and Skills Statements.

 Why study with us?

  • Access to high quality CPD designed to support you in your chosen career pathway, delivered by our university partners – the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University
  • All our CPD modules are accredited at level 7, and you can build up credits towards a range of postgraduate qualifications including a certificate, diploma or MA
  • Access to University facilities and resources,
  • You’ll be learning from some of the best, with staff at both universities delivering excellence in both research and teaching

Our accredited CPD modules and courses are delivered by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

All SYTP staff who undertake accredited modules and/or courses will be required to complete a Learning Contract to confirm their commitment, and their managers commitment and support, to undertaking the CPD activity.

Please see out Frequently Asked Questions page for further information

CPD at the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield offers a range of modules which support continuous professional development across four strands:

  • Leadership and management;
  • Practice;
  • Practice educator;
  • Research and evidence-informed practice.

All modules are accredited at level 7, and social workers can build up credits towards a range of postgraduate qualifications including a certificate, diploma or MA in Advanced Professional Practice (please note that the PG Cert in Leadership and Management is a stand-alone course and the credits therefore cannot be used towards a diploma or MA in Advanced Professional Practice)

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CPD at Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University are currently developing a Post Graduate Certificate course that is provisionally called Advanced Adult Social Work. This will run from September 2018, and includes modules that look at current innovative approaches to adult social work (like the 3 conversations model) and positive risk taking in adult safeguarding. It also has modules that consider how we apply adult legislations in practice. At post graduate level, students will have the opportunity to critically explore these concepts and consider how they would work within their Local Authority.

The PG Cert will consist of the following modules:

Applied Adult Social Work Law 1 The aim of this module is to enable pariticpants to build on practice experience, develop and demonstrate critical knowledge and skills relevant to the Care Act 2014 within the context of strength based approaches.
Applied Adult Social Work Law 2 This module enables participants to build upon practice knowledge & skills key in developing emancipatory practice within Adult Social Work assessments with people who lack mental capacity. This is in the context of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Autism Act 2009
Strengths Based Approaches to Adult Social Work Participants will develop a critical understanding of a range of contemporary strength based approaches that are used within adult social work and consider how these might apply in practice within their organisation
Positive Risk-Taking and Advanced Adult Safeguaring Participants will explore the key elements of positive risk taking using independent research, critical thinking and a range of case studies and perspectives that inform contemporary Adult Safeguarding practices both locally and nationally

Details for how to apply and register for a place at Sheffield Hallam University will be available shortly