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Newly qualified social workers

We have two main projects supporting newly qualified social workers (NQSWs).

Five-year study

We’ve commissioned a five-year longitudinal study exploring the experiences of NQSWs as they progress in their careers.

The study aims to provide a broad view of NQSW professional development across Scotland. Researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Dundee are leading the study. It seeks to capture professional experiences, report on observed practice and trace the professional journey of NQSWs over their first five years to develop a national picture.

The research will consider how NQSWs:

  • experience and manage a complex, contested and dynamic professional landscape, in relation to professional roles, tasks, structures and settings
  • are supported, trained and developed across diverse practice settings
  • identify their ongoing professional development needs as they progress their careers.
To view year one findings click here.
To view year two findings click here.

NQSW supported year

We’re developing recommendations for a national approach for an assessed and supported year for NQSWs in Scotland.

We will support pilot projects in three test sites and following a formal evaluation will develop recommendations.

Working in partnership with the pilot sites we’ll create the evidence base and recommendations for a viable and sustainable NQSW supported year framework to ensure more effective and consistent support to NQSWs.

NQSW supported year pilot project video

The video below features the lead officers from Angus, Aberdeenshire and Learning Network West discussing their experiences of taking part in the newly qualified social workers (NQSW) pilot project for a supported and assessed first year.

Learning Zone

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Post registration training and learning (PRTL)

Post registration training and learning (PRTL) is about ongoing learning and development.

Everyone on our Register has to meet PRTL requirements as part of their registration.

Step into Leadership

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