Every registered social worker must undertake continuous professional learning (CPL) to advance their professional development or contribute to the development of the profession

How do I meet my registration requirements?   

Within the first 12 months of registration, or 18 months if you work part time, as a newly qualified social worker (NQSW) you are required to undertake 24 days (144 hrs) training and learning. At least five days (30 hours) of this activity should focus on working effectively with colleagues and other professionals to identify, assess and manage risk to vulnerable groups. This is to ensure they can meet their primary responsibility of protecting children and adults from harm. You can achieve this in several different ways including formal and informal learning. It is important to achieve a balance between formal learning, work experience, shadowing, research, self-directed learning, supervision and experiential learning when evidencing the stated requirements.

Activities could include: 

  • induction activities, shadowing colleagues, team meetings, supervision 
  • completing specific formal and informal training courses  
  • professional discussions with colleagues, other professionals and people who use services 
  • self-directed learning including reading, independent study, online research/study 
  • experiential, action or enquiry-based learning 
  • leading or engaging in practitioner enquiry/action research. 

When recording your learning reflect on the impact of your learning experience. Think about how it has helped to consolidate your social work knowledge, skills and values, including managing any ethical dilemmas and use of self. This is how you will most effectively demonstrate the requirements and provide a useful record of your progress during the NQSW period to refer to later.   

How do I record my training and learning?   

Before you start to record your CPL please read the Guidance for NQSW on consolidating and continuing to develop their social work knowledge, skills and values for more useful information before your start.   

You should record your training and learning by completing the NQSW Record of Achievement form  

We will be write to you at the end of the first 12 or 18 month period to ask you to submit your form.

We’re currently reviewing the process for NQSWs and you can find out more on the NQSW web page.    

If you have any further questions about your CPL please use the web form on our Contact us page.  

SSSC learning resources   

We have lots of free learning resources on our Learning Zone to help you. You can search by topic and there are Open Badges for many, which are a way of gaining recognition for your learning.   

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